Virginia Beach Public School district
works with TFC Recycling to expand efforts
Chesapeake, VA— The Virginia Beach City Public
Schools district took an innovative step in its efforts to make
the Hampton Roads community a “greener” place to live.
The school district announced a new comprehensive recycling program
as part of a larger environmental initiative.
The program covers materials found in offices,
classrooms and cafeterias including the following: all types of
paper, including school paper, cardboard, newspaper, magazines,
and unwanted mail, aluminum and steel cans, and plastic and glass
“Through the program, students and staff
will be recycling all of these materials from the waste stream,”
explained Ed Farmer of TFC Recycling. “By encouraging all
to recycle, we can assist the school district in saving valuable
resources and reducing trash disposal fees.”
“Virginia Beach City Public Schools has
decided to expand their recycling commitment to include the same
types of recyclables collection in the schools as they offer at
home.” said Michael Benedetto, owner of TFC Recycling.
Benedetto gives credit for the schools’
recycling to two Virginia Beach City Public Schools students –
Olivia Stephens and Alex Davis, both of King’s Grant elementary.
A team of key personnel, including principals, teachers, custodians,
food service staff and students, and TFC employees organized and
implemented the new program. TFC Recycling is contracted to pick
up the recyclable materials. They also provided – with no
additional costs to the district - over 4,500 classroom recycling
bins, instructional DVDs for both students and staff, t-shirts for
custodial personnel, and TFC “Green Team” kits for each
school. The TFC “Green Team” kit contains valuable recycling
information, hands on recycling displays, and games and puzzles
based on recycling.
TFC Recycling will collect all recyclables at
the schools and deliver them to their Chesapeake material recovery
facility for processing. TFC will process these recyclables in their
new, single stream facility. The system will be able to process
over 40 tons of recyclable materials an hour, and utilizes the latest,
state of the art optical sorting technology. From there, the recyclables
will be sold to various markets where they will be made into new