SOUTH PORTLAND — At the April 15 Energy and Recycling Committee meeting, members heard from Holy Cross School social studies teacher Bill Ridge on the school’s five-year transition from a single-stream trash system to a school-wide recycling effort.
In recent months, the committee has attempted to correspond with teachers, principals and administrators throughout the city about trash disposal and recycling methods at each school, in hopes of eventually transitioning to more environmentally conscious practices.
Holy Cross has “moved from a 10-yard dumpster picked up weekly, to two four-yard dumpsters picked up every two weeks,” committee Chairman Bob Foster said Wednesday.
“They now average a $40 per week savings,” he said. “The students do all the work and monitoring, and have taken it a step further and are educating their own families.”
Although all eight public school principals in the city were invited to the meeting, only Mahoney Middle School Principal Megan Welter, along with science and math teacher Julie Pitt, attended.