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Paper recycling arrives at East

Green Team works with administration to solve budget issue
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Miranda Menosuek

After starting the school year off with only aluminum recycling due to their budget, the Green Team has achieved their goal of getting a paper recycling system for the school set up, too.
“We said, ‘the other school has paper recycling, why don’t we,’ so administration helped us pay for paper recycling and made it even,” junior member Chuck Morgan said.
Earlier this year, the club had issues installing a paper recycling program due to budgeting issues, but they are collaborating with Hillside Solutions to make it work. So far, they have created customized recycling bins and bought a paper-only recycling dumpster.
“I called the director of Hillside Solutions [Brent Campton] and said, ‘Here’s where we are, here’s what we’ve done, and here’s where we want to be,’” president Miranda Menosuek said. “It’s all baby steps: we start with aluminum, then go to paper, and he recommended us starting composting.”
While only some teachers have received paper recycling bins so far, the club started collecting on Nov. 21. They will deliver paper recycling boxes to rooms that don’t have them within the coming week. Rooms will have an aluminum recycling box and a paper recycling box, as they will end up in different places, although Green Team collects both on the same day.
“We will come around and collect the paper recycling, and then we have a small dumpster designated solely for paper products outside with the other two dumpsters,” sponsor Sierra Arnold said. “Then Hillside Solutions comes and picks it up.”
In the future, the club plans to start composting to supply fertilizer to the courtyard outside might be made, but for now, the Green Team is happy for this little victory.
“It’s definitely a possibility [composting], but it costs more money and labor for the community and club,” Menosuek said. “So far though, we’ve done great work for the school by starting paper recycling.”

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Onnika Moore is a junior at Gretna East High School. She was on the Gretna Media staff at Gretna High School for the past two year, and this year at Gretna East, she has earned an editor position. Her goals for journalism this year are to win State awards and build the program from the ground up. Journalism is the only school activity she is involved in, but with her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading and writing. She also loves to spend time with her two cats, Sprinkles and Cylis. 
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