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North Lamar has been awarded a grant for recycling from Ark-Tex Council of Governments. The district wrote for a grant that awarded five recycling trailers to be used throughout the district and community.
ATCOG Environmental Resource Planner, Paul Prange, explains how the grant was made possible. “The solid waste pass-through grant funding provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Ark-Tex Council of Governments is generated from tipping fees collected at all municipal solid waste landfills located within the State of Texas. These funds are then made available to all eligible entities located within the ATCOG region for the purpose of conducting various environmental projects, such as recycling.”
Each North Lamar campus’ “Go Green” student committee will help in collecting cans, plastics, newspapers, and copy paper to be recycled. The district will be working with different recycling centers and ATCOG to process the items collected. North Lamar hopes to get students and families involved in recycling and keeping the Paris landfill to a minimum. All monetary gains will go directly back to student programs.
“It is a win-win for our students: keeping Paris clean and learning responsibility through action,” said North Lamar’s Go Green Committee Chair Keitha Chalupa. “It is the goal of our district’s Go Green Committee to have the new equipment in place and running before Spring Break.”
More information will be provided to North Lamar students and families as to when the system will be ready for use.