Students in Grandview Heights schools have a new classroom assignment this year: Dispose of recyclable materials in receptacles that have been placed in every classroom.
The containers will soon be joined by receptacles put in common areas, including hallways, gymnasiums, cafeterias and at the football field.
The recycling effort is being coordinated by a committee that received a $10,000 grant last spring from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
"We were required to provide a 50-percent match, which we were able to do through contributions by the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation and some money from the school district," said Nicole DeVere, who heads the recycling committee with Jerry Bower.
Most recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, glass, cans and juice box containers, can be placed in the receptacles, she said.
"Pretty much everything that you can take curbside," DeVere said. "You can't put in packages that still have food (adhered to them) like a hot dog wrapper."
The containers were placed in the classrooms at the start of the school year, she said.
"Each receptacle has a Bobcat logo and our motto, which is 'Bobcat recycling saves you money -- saves the earth,' " DeVere said. "We want to get the message out to students that recycling is good for the environment and good for your wallet."
Receptacles will soon be placed in the common areas, along with signs promoting recycling and listing what can and cannot be accepted, she said.
The common areas "are the places visitors are most likely to be, so it's really important to get receptacles set up there," she said.
The cafeterias, where there has never been a strong effort to encourage students to recycle, "will be our bellwether" in the committee's effort to encourage recycling in the schools, DeVere said.
The receptacles in the common areas will be "side by side" units, with one side designed to accept recyclables and the other regular trash, she said.
The containers for the common areas will be placed and the signs ordered after one more walk-through with Director of Facilities Brett Bradley, DeVere said.
"We want to make sure we're conscientious about spending our money and ordering signs," she said.
The city also donated large bins for recyclables that were placed outside each school, DeVere said.