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Hall, Longfellow and PHS Win Recycling Grants

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Hall, Longfellow and PHS Win Recycling Grants
Posted on 01/06/2015

The Portland Public Schools’ Hall and Longfellow elementary schools and Portland High School recently were awarded grants by ecomaine to help foster recycling efforts and sustainability.

The three public schools were among 18 southern Maine schools sharing a total of nearly $20,000 in grant monies awarded by ecomaine, a nonprofit recycling and waste-to-energy operation. It’s located in Portland and owned by 20 communities.

“This is a way for us to encourage schools to teach students about recycling and why it’s important,” said Erik Street, a member of the ecomaine Board of Directors and chairman of the ecomaine Recycling Committee. “The students who benefit from these grant dollars will take what they learn with them out into their communities. This isn’t just about being green; this is about changing the game. The more resources we can recycle, the better off we are because we’re not only keeping materials out of our landfills, we’re offsetting our need for new resources.”

The awards were given to schools in communities that ranged from Pownal to Sanford. The schools will use the grant money for a variety of projects.

Hall Elementary School plans to use its $1,700 grant for classroom composting bins, materials for waste audits, greenhouse, collection bins for janitors, and signage.

Longfellow Elementary School will use its $456.66 award for waste audit materials, student-designed t-shirts for cafeteria sorters and ecomaine recycling bins.

Portland High School intends to use its $884 grant for cafeteria collection bins.

The nearly $20,000 in total disbursement this year represents a doubling of the grant monies awarded last year, Street said, noting that the total was increased in response to the success achieved by last year’s grant awardees.