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GLEN CARBON — Recycle bins are hardly novel; one sees them outside of many buildings these days.
However, at Father McGivney Catholic High School, going green has been a hit-or-miss affair for the past five years.
Rick Noll, the school’s maintenance director, said the school had a recycle bin up until 2015, when village officials told him to either put it within an enclosure, so it was not visible from Bouse Road, or they must get rid of it. Noll said the bin’s brick enclosure required by the village would have cost $10,000 to build and he reminds everyone that Father McGivney is funded at least partially by donations. The school did not have the funds so the old recycle bin departed.
However, Noll added that some teachers volunteered to recycle sporadically when they could secure the use of a friend’s or relative’s pickup truck to haul items to a local recycling station.
Now, the school wants another recycle bin on-site so students and staff members who choose to can recycle. Noll said the new bin would be placed at the rear of the school, near the trash dumpsters, and it would only be visible from Bouse Road, not from Old Troy Road, which runs in front of the school.
“We have a recycling club called the Green Griffins,” said Principal Joseph Lombardi. “We have been collecting recycled materials for the past three years and transporting those items to offsite locations.
“We are excited to have the possibility of housing a recycling bin on-site, which will allow our students to positively impact our community,” he continued. “This is an extension of our mission to serve the culture of life at the individual, community and national level.”
Tuesday, the village trustees voted 3-0 to amend the village’s existing ordinance on recycling containers and drop boxes to permit them in schools and churches and to consider them a special use in residentially zoned areas. Trustees Mark Foley, Mary Beth Williams and Walt Harris were absent.
The building and zoning committee previously approved the amendment 2-0 but the third committee member was absent. Glen Carbon officials “grandfathered” in the recycling container at St. Cecilia’s Church, which is next to village hall on N. Main Street.
Trustee Ben Maliszewski described a situation late last year into early this year with Christmas leftovers at St. Cecilia’s and said recyclable items filled the church’s two recycle bins with other items stacked up next to them before someone came to haul them off.
This situation prompted the church to delete one container and move the other one to the rear of the building. Maliszewski encouraged Father McGivney to be cognizant of this potential issue and if it happened, to restrict access to the container until it was emptied.
Reach reporter Charles Bolinger at (618) 659-5735