Third-graders at Hickory Creek Elementary are on their way to learning the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.
“We are recycling,” said Hickory Creek teacher Megan Creedmore. “Our end goal is to make Warren County a better recycling community by teaching children the ins and outs of recycling so they will understand the importance when they are adults.”
TDOT’s anti-littering program for Warren County donated bins to be used at the school. Currently, the class is recycling plastics and cans.
Creedmore says the process included a learning curve.
“I didn’t know plastics have a number on the bottom. Now I know Warren County only recycles ones and twos. Our kids have learned they have to sort through their plastic, find the ones and twos, bring those in and we can recycle them.”
During the first day of the program, Creedmore’s class brought in 67 plastic bottles. After two days, the six classes gathered two 30-gallon bags of plastic that will not go into a landfill.
According to treehugger.com, there are more than 2,000 active landfills in the country and 1,000 inactive ones. Americans generate 254 million tons of trash in a year and throw out 22 billion plastic bottles.
Prior to beginning the recycling effort, children were shown pictures of landfills and how discarded trash can have a negative effect on wildlife.
Third-grade teachers will take turns transporting the recyclables to the Warren County Recycling and Convenience Center.