Cincinnati Public Schools expands recycling efforts with single stream recycling plan

District: Plan diverts 1,530 lbs. per day

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Public Schools are trying to go green with a new initiative to jump start recycling.

Officials said a handful of schools in the system tried a new method called “single stream recycling" over the past year.

The success of that project spurred the district to put new recycling bins in classrooms and cafeterias across the city.

CPS worked with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to implement sustainable practices through a program called Sustainability in Action.

Eight schools are participating by recycling, composting, conserving energy and reducing water consumption. District leaders said more than 245 tons of material was diverted from landfills from January 2012 to May 2013.

CPS said that early success moved the district to expand the partnership and the program to all its schools. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will go to each school to present an assembly about recycling.

The district said all 54 schools and the CPS central office is participating in the recycling program now.

Officials said they expect to divert 140 tons of garbage from going to landfills. That’s approximately 1,530 pounds per day.

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