Rock Bridge High School student Quinn Cunningham noticed the need for container recycling at his school, and knew he had to lead the charge. To ensure that something was being done, Cunningham teamed up with the city and conducted a waste audit at the school in February. Under his leadership, a group of four other students sorted through 140 trash bags from just one school day. The group separated recyclable containers, recyclable fibers and trash. This resulted in 58 pounds of recyclable containers and 69 pounds of recyclable fibers recovered.
Since the audit, Cunningham has been challenged by the Columbia Public Schools budget restrictions, but was awarded a grant to purchase recycling bins for the school. Cunningham helped form a recycling team that will service the bins that can be picked up by the city’s Solid Waste Utility.
Cunningham’s quick work to get the grant on the school board’s agenda proves that one person’s action and commitment to change can make a difference. Thanks to Cunningham’s commitment to waste-reduction, the school will have a recycling program for the 2017-2018 school year.
Written by volunteer Laura Davis.