The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Bureau of Waste Management has awarded grants in the amount of $68,702 to twenty six Kansas schools from districts across the state. The grant awards range from $200 to $4,500, the maximum amount eligible under the Green School grant program. These grants are for projects to take place during the 2011–2012 school year and projects include purchasing recycling bins, beginning composting programs for cafeteria waste and field trips to community recycling centers. This marks the fourth round of Waste Management Green School grants.
Among the recipients was Lyons High School, in USD 405. Officials there received $929 to collect and recycle paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastic bottles, and purchase recycling containers.
“These grants to schools not only have the direct benefits of conserving landfill space, natural resources and energy, they teach students lessons that can be practiced at home and for a lifetime,” said Dr. Robert Moser, KDHE secretary.