America Recycles Day

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, November 15 2013 at 4:15 PM, Updated: Fri, November 15 2013 at 4:23 PM

Today is 'America Recycles' Day...and 'Recycling' has been added to the 3 'R's' at an elementary school in Klamath Falls.

Recycling is a big deal at Peterson Elementary School.

Principal Jennifer Hawkins notes that Mrs. Hull's fifth grade class is taking a 'hands-on' approach...

"Their class has the official duty of going around the building, gathering up the recycling from each teacher, sorting through it, and making sure it gets out for pickup."

The class also has some good recycling tips:

"We can recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, things like cans, bottles."

"Before you recycle your milk cartons, you should wash them out with water."  "So that the liquid, or the substance does not get in the recycling, and contaminate that."

Ask an adult what you can recycle, and cannot."

"If you don't have room in your bin to put in recycling, give it to your neighbor to recycle."

"Well, if we didn't recycle, everything would be a disaster and there would be trash everywhere."

Waste Management District Manager Ben Hirengen notes that the recycling effort is expanding...

"We've increased recycling at this school, as well as many of the other ones in the area.  We've also expanded recycling to some schools that never had recycling opportunities before."

The district could also see some extra cash, as their garbage pickup demand lessens.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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