December 16, 2015
ROBOTICS teams engage in community service projects in addition to competing in events. May Street‘s state-bound Nuclear Recyclers team is reaching out to local pizza purveyors to educate people about recycling all or parts of pizza boxes – with the understanding that no grease-stained packaging should ever be put in recycling bins because the food contaminates the load and complicates the sorting and processing of recycled materials. Nuclear Recyclers, left, are Lucas Elliott, Bodei Bartel, Ben Marston, Angus Kellems, Sadie Smith, Lelu Branch, and Zoe Todorov, prepare to eat pizza with Solstice Woodfire Pizza owner Aaron Baumhackl. “With a little community education, we can make a mark in recycling history,” the students told Baumbackl. He brainstormed with the kids and indicated his willingness to participate in box labeling efforts and other ways to either package his pizza or to help educate his clients on recycling the parts of a pizza box that are free of grease or food particles. “Pizza boxes are our nemesis,” Baumhackl said. “We know our clients are interested in sustainable practices. We’re definitely interested in seeing what you have to offer.” The students have also met with Double Mountain Brewery about pizza box labeling and other outreach. In addition, they talked with Hood River Garbage Service, who told the students they would assist with efforts to raise awareness.
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