Partnership brings recycling program to Cabarrus schools

An exciting new partnership between local Cabarrus County school systems, the business community and local government will bring a comprehensive recycling program to local schools beginning this school year.

The Cabarrus Sustainability Council, Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, the cities of Concord and Kannapolis and Cabarrus County have all partnered to provide recycling services to local schools.

The effort, which was organized by the Sustainability Council, will provide the resources for schools to recycle paper, aluminum, plastic and cardboard. Prior to the program, each school had a varying level of recycling activity. This program enhances and formalizes efforts that are already underway.

“This project really is an example of what can happen when the public and private sector roll up their sleeves and work together for a common community good,” said Ian Prince, chair, Cabarrus Sustainability Council. Prince is the manager of real estate and sustainability for Roush Fenway Racing.

Recycling bins and weekly pick-ups are being provided jointly by the local governments under the shared identity “School Recycling Partnership.” As such, citizens may see vehicles from other jurisdictions serving the schools and en route. The local schools are responsible for developing recycling program goals and measurement.

The Cabarrus Sustainability Council, a joint effort between the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development, works to promote sustainability through public and private collaboration. The Sustainability Council made implementing the school recycling program its primary goal for its first year. During the coming year, the Council will focus on air quality in the region and ways to make improvements.

For more information about the Sustainability Council, contact Samantha Moose at 704-782-4000,

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