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October 2006


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 bottles.

“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 products.

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