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Parkway Wins National Recycling Award
September 2005Parkway is the only school district in the nation to win a national award for its outstanding K-12 recycling program. The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) presented the award to Parkway in August. Bill Guinther, Parkway’s resource conservation manager, credits the recycling efforts of students, teachers, staff and parents for this distinguished award. Parkway began its recycling program in 1990 at the suggestion of three fifth-grade students at Sorrento Springs. Since that time, Parkway has become a leader in energy conservation and recycling. The district’s recycling program currently includes the recovery of paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastics, ink jet cartridges, scrap metals and used cooking oil for biodiesel. In addition, Parkway maintains proper collection and handling of universal and hazardous wastes. Over the past school year, Parkway recycled commodities exceeding 1750 tons, generating $30,000 in revenue. Additionally, through other energy conservation measures, Parkway's estimated avoided utility costs for the 2004-05 fiscal year were $1,153,493.