Thomasville Elementary Students Learning the Value of Recycling

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Thomasville, GA -- March 29, 2012 --

Pencils? Check. Books? Check. Used Grocery Bags? Check. That's what students at Harper Elementary are bringing to help aid a new recycling program that started this week.

"It started because the price of everything plastic is going up with the price of gasoline and oil," said David Carvin, the man behind the program.

Carvin owns Textraw, a company that makes synthetic pine straw out of recycled polypropylene, or plastic grocery bags. Business costs were going up, so he tried to find a local recycler. Enter the Thomasville city schools.

"That's what turned into our collection day, everybody thought it was a wonderful idea and they all wanted to start a pilot program for the K through five system," said Carvin.

It starts with a simple plastic bag. That bag can then be melted down into pellets, which can be turned into straw or other smaller granules which can then be recycled into water bottles or chairs.

Partnered with Keep Thomas County Beautiful and the city's landfill, the goal is to teach students not to be wasteful at a young age.

"We hope to teach our students that these things have value, that they don't belong on the side of the roads, or in the trees, but they have value," said Pam Lister, the Executive Director of Keep Thomas County Beautiful.

Carvin said that an estimated $5,000,000 worth of plastic bags ends up landfilled throughout the country per year.

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  • by David Carvin Location: Thomasville, GA on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    Recycling and Bob, did you notice this story is all about cooperation and working together? Please learn how to do that.
  • by Dan Location: Louisiana on Apr 1, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    Whaat a great way to let young students see and participate in a new business enterprise. They all hear about recycling and free enterprise, and now they will see it in action and participate in it. I think this could be a great model for all schools across the country!! way to go Thomasville!!
  • by Recycling Location: Crawfordville on Mar 30, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    Although important, these are the kinds of activities that cause American students to score lower than most of the rest of the civilized world, academically. We spend valuable time and money on Social issues and not near enough time on the 3 R's. Wake up America, your children are simply being programmed by a corrupt educational system. Recycling should be a way of life and taught in the home, not in the classroom. In the classroom, the theme will most likely be coupled with Johnny's two mother's that are so happy and doing so well in a sinful relationship.
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      by Bob on Mar 30, 2012 at 08:13 AM in reply to Recycling
      Great! Another delusional, religious zealot. And, by the way, most spouse abuse, child abuse and divorce happens in man/woman marriages. I guess as long as it's not "sinful", anything goes right?
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        by Strawman on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:18 PM in reply to Bob
        Bob and Recycling: this story is about cooperation and working together. Please don't try to make it about something else.
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