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Department working to revitalize school recycling programs

The students have met with the administration and custodial staff.

"We are proud to say that they are on board with our plan," Barr said. "Once the new bins are placed in the school, we plan to reach out to the students. We will go to every classroom and ask that they help us in our efforts to make our school green."

Barr said she, Glass and Richard will be graduating in June.

"However, in May of 2009, we will be holding our annual leadership elections," Barr said. "At that time, our predecessors will be chosen, and we plan to make sure that our efforts continue for years to come at Cazenovia High School."

Recycling became mandatory in Madison County and New York state in 1990. Since that time, the county's recycling program has expanded in scope, adding numerous items to an ever-growing list of items that can be recycled.

Each year, 1,500 to 2,000 Madison County students tour the landfill and recycling center on Buyea Rd in the Town of Lincoln, learning firsthand the importance of recycling.

Over the past year, students from several schools in the county have contacted Driscoll asking for help in improving their schools' recycling programs.

Driscoll has been working on a plan to contact all the schools in the county to help them improve their recycling programs. Her plan began to take shape in the spring of 2008, when various schools began to cancel their field trips to the county landfill and recycling center due to financial restraints.

"If they can't come to me, I will go to them," Driscoll said.

Her plan includes meeting with administrators, custodial staff and students in an effort to help improve recycling programs and educate them on what can and can't be recycled. A second presentation offered to school districts includes information on products made from recycled material.

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