Lafayette Parish school recycling program reduces 83 tons of waste

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 18:16:29-04

Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) recycled more than 80 tons of paper and plastic during the 2017-2018 school year.

LPSS has 30 sites currently contributing to the recycling stream keeping 10.5 tons per month of paper and plastics out of the waste stream. Reports show LPSS recycled more than 83.5 tons from September through April of this year.

Southside High School and Prairie Elementary lead the way for the district utilizing two recycling containers at each campus, according to Randy Bernard, spokesman for LPSS. 

"Setting up a recycling program on Prairie’s campus was a great way to teach students about the environment and how what they do impacts it," said Principal Cayce Booher. "It has also helped promote leadership skills as we have a team of students who spearhead recycling on our campus."

LPSS is the single largest commercial recycling customer for Waste Management in Acadiana and has increased recycling more than 18% since September of 2017, added the spokesman. 

September 2017-April 2018

Tons Recycled this school year

September 2017, 8.53 Tons

October 2017, 9.7 Tons

November 2017, 7.97 Tons

December 2017, 10.42 Tons

January 2018, 13.35 Tons

February 2018, 10.09 Tons

March 2018, 10.89 Tons

April 2018, 12.67 Tons

Total 83.54 Tons