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Redford Union High School students in conjunction with Schupan Recycling are working on a recycling project at the school.

“Kids really get behind it because they can see an immediate impact,” says David Batistelli, student council adviser and social studies teacher at Redford Union High.  “They get the weekly totals of how much we’ve recycled, and they feel like they can make an immediate difference.”

Senior and student council treasurer Daniel Webster is in charge of paper recycling.

“Every Friday we go around the halls and collect the paper products that have been accumulating in the classrooms all week,” Webster says.  “Since June 2008 we have recycled 51 tons of paper.”

“A project like this helps students realize how much difference we can make,” says junior class student council representative Kim D’Arcangelo.  “Students are starting to pick up the message that we have to be more environmentally-responsible.”

Batistelli encourages fellow teachers who want to start recycling programs at their schools to start small with easily-attainable goals.
“You won’t have to work hard to get the students to buy in,” says Batistelli.  “Now that we have our feet wet we’re expanding the program.”

Melissa Scola is a senior and student council president.  She says Redford Union is seeking Michigan Green School status.

“It takes a whole student body to pull together to achieve that status, and our entire school is committed,” Scola says.

Roger Cargill is Schupan Recycling’s point person with the students.  He says that Redford Union is exceeding the results of any other school the company works with.

“The next generation gets it that we need to recycle more,” Cargill says.  “That 50-year trend of throwing everything away is over.”

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