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St. John joins recycling program in Arlington

School featured in company’s open house Tuesday
ARLINGTON –– Doing the right thing for the right reason.
That’s what St. John Catholic School does every day with the campus’ recycling campaign, and a national organization yesterday recognized that effort.
St. John students, Principal Chris Rebuck and the school’s Recycling Coordinator Marguerite Delgado attended an open house program at the AbitibiBowater Arlington Facility demonstrating equipment upgrades.
St. John students were chosen to participate after being named one of the top paper recycling schools in the state.
“It is because of the support of Ennis and surrounding areas that we are here,” Marguerite Delgado said.
According to AbitibiBowater representatives, St. John provided 269 tons of recyclable refuse last year, marking the school as a leading paper retriever client.
“They are recycling for the future and they are very good at it,” said Darrel Clemons, Arlington facility manager.
Prior to offering up the first cans, plastic bottles and back issues of the Ennis Daily News for recycling, the students manned a table with a sign prompting visitors to ask them about recycling.
Along with St. John representatives, other dignitaries attending the event included Arlington City Council Member Mel LeBlanc, Arlington Recycling Coordinator Lorrie Anderle, Jim Hobbs of Keep Texas Beautiful and Bob Horton of Keep Irving Beautiful. LeBlanc, Hobbs and Horton presented certificates of appreciation and proclamations from the City of Arlington, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Irving Beautiful to AbitibiBowater for preserving a clean environment in the state of Texas.
Tours of the facility and its new machinery were conducted following the presentation.
AbitibiBowater invested $5.4 million consisting of major equipment upgrades and $1 million in additional facility upgrades, including a new automated scale system, a new maintenance shop area, improved facility ventilation and renovated office facilities. The investment in upgraded, state-of-the-art equipment for AbitibiBowater will result in the ability to annually process an increase of 100,000 tons of recycled materials, totaling 250,000 tons a year.
An added bonus to the upgrade is potential injury risk reduction with new equipment that will fluff and separate the material in a pre-sorting area. This will help remove contaminants, reducing this labor-intensive activity.
“We are looking at any and all ways to have this upgrade benefit our community and our staff,” Clemons said.
AbitibiBowater is the largest material recycling facility in the Southwest and the sixth largest in the United States.
The company’s investment in the upgrades, and their resulting operational and energy-saving efficiencies, have helped solidify the company’s position as a leader in the recycling industry.
The company is nationally recognized for promoting strong environmental stewardship while supporting educational and other nonprofit organizations through its Paper Retriever program. Through their efforts to divert paper from the waste stream, AbitibiBowater saves an estimated 8.5 million cubic yards of landfill space each year in North America.
The Arlington recycling facility serves independent school districts and private schools in the major cities throughout North Texas and the Southwest, including hospitals, places of worship, city facilities and private businesses.

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