"Drive to a Million" Program Helping Students

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A recycling project in Warren County is working to raise money for education by getting students involved.

In the United States, one-hundred billion aluminum cans with a metal value of $2 billion are consumed annually. Only fifty percent of those cans are being recycled.

A recycling project in Warren County is working to reverse that trend by raising money for education and getting students involved.

"When we recycle we get money for our school, if we recycle our aluminum cans,” Alvaton Elementary student, Danielle Waild said.

The program is called Drive to a Million. It's an aluminum can recycling program that is set up in some of the Bowling Green/Warren County schools.

The goal is to raise one-million dollars that will go toward the children's education.

"Since February of last year the schools have collected over 14,000 pounds of aluminum and earned and received almost $9,000 dollars in recycling revenue, so it's a really great program,” said Lacey Jackson, coordinator of Drive to a Million.

It's a program that the schools are encouraging parents and community members to get involved in.

"It's really easy for the community to get involved. Recycling is about everybody pitching in,” Jackson said.

All you have to do is take your aluminum cans to any local elementary school.

Alvaton Elementary Principal, Mark Rathbun said this recycling drive is a great way to help benefit both the community and schools.

"It is a good lesson to them and they can learn that we can reuse some items like aluminum and it's nice it's recycled rather than being thrown in the landfills...that's for sure!,” Rathbun said.

Most importantly, it's a program that is helping students understand how important it is to recycle these cans.

"We're gonna put them in the recycling bin,” Alvaton Elementary student, Colton Rathbun said.

Right now, Bowling Green and Warren County elementary and middle schools are involved, and those with the Drive to a Million program are working to get the Bowling Green Technical College and Western Kentucky University involved.

The goal of the program is to expand it to the surrounding ten counties within three years and across the state within five years.

This would help raise Kentucky's recycling rate to seventy-five percent or higher.

For more on the Drive to a Million program click here.

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