PSD wins recycling award

Pendleton?School District Superintendent Jon Peterson (center) accepts Pendleton?Sanitary Service’s Commercical Recycler of the Year from Susan?and Mike McHenry.

The Pendleton?School District has been awarded Pendleton?Sanitary Service, Inc.’s commercial recycler of the year award.

PSSI President Susan McHenry and Vice President Mike?McHenry presented the award to Superintendent Jon Peterson?Wednesday afternoon at the district office.

“The thing that stands out is this is largely the work of our kids.?Our kids are doing the majority of the work,”?Peterson said. “And that’s really special.”

The award, which is voted on by PSSI employees, highlights businesses that do an outstanding job at recycling or have made significant improvements over the past year.

For the first time in the award’s 11-year history, the vote was unanimous for one nominee.

According to?PSSI, the PSD was one of Pendleton’s original entities that was eager and willing to recycle, dating back to the late 1980s.

Today, the district has seven cardboard recycling containers and 26 office paper recycling containers at nine different locations throughout the district.

Most recyclable materials come from the middle school and high school, Mike McHenry said.?Peterson added at those two schools, the Life?Skills programs have been integral in the district’s recycling efforts.

“Our education and promotion efforts are working.?We do a lot of tours of our facilities with school kids,” McHenry said. “That leads us into the future with them promoting our efforts.?It satisfies all our goals.”

Adults around the district have taken note at the zeal with which some students approach recycling.

“They’ve grown up in a new era,” Peterson said. “This is all just logical to them.?It makes perfect sense and I think it speaks volume with regards to the educational process, not just in our schools but within the community.?There will be a lot of kids who are happy (with the award), too.”

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