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George Mason Elementary School Awarded $750 Grant for recycling efforts

From Amanda Colocho: I wanted to share with you that George Mason Elementary in Churchill has been awarded a $750 grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful as part it’s “30 Grants in Thirty Days” program that awards one grant each day in June to non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia who’s efforts improve Virginia’s natural and scenic environment.
Richmond, Virginia (June 3, 2018) – Keep Virginia Beautiful is awarding its annual “30 Grants in Thirty Days” daily during the month of June. George Mason Elementary School has been awarded a grant of $750 in the recycling category. Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partners at Altria and Keep America Beautiful. George Mason Elementary School is located in the heart of the Churchill area in the City of Richmond. Due to the lead levels in the pipes of the school, they have been receiving water bottles on a regular basis since Winter 2017. Each of the 400 students is allowed as much water as they like. All of those water bottles currently get thrown away with each day. Funding for their project, “No Bottle Left Behind,” will be used to purchase recycling bins for each classroom, and large bins to transport the bottles to the curb for pickup. This will keep thousands of recyclable plastic bottles out of the area landfill.

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1 comment

SA Chaplin 06/13/2018 at 1:02 PM

I don’t know what makes these folks think that plastic bottles don’t end up in landfills anyway. Per a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Prices for recyclables are plunging, a glut of paper and plastic is accumulating in warehouses and some material is being sent to landfills.”

This “grant” effort is teaching the wrong lesson. A new water line from a “renewed” water meter could be run to a couple of drinking fountains. This at not a very high cost. Then, when each child is told to bring in a washable cup from home they will be learning a valuable lesson about conservation.


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