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Recycling effort must be replicated

By year’s end, this community will have recycled an impressive amount of material that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill — and anyone driving north on I-45 can tell you that the landfill that rises near the interstate doesn’t need any help getting bigger.
One of the more impressive programs operating in Ennis that has the health of our environment in mind is the recycling program going on at Bowie Elementary School.

Whether you believe the data scientists have churned out for decades on our impact on the environment, global warming and climate change or you believe those who call it a conspiracy or a bunch of lies, the positive impacts of recycling really cannot be argued.

At least, not in a way that takes away from the fact that waste is just that. Finding a way to lower how much waste we produce and reuse what we can is just common sense, as any businessperson or family financial planner will tell you.

We don’t even have to buy into the old “going green” cliché to appreciate the impact being made here.

Bowie has gone so far as to be the leading collection site in the region for paper waste, as well, which shows how dedicated the students and teachers at the school are to the concept of environmental protection and wise management of resources.

We suspect it has a lot to do with the Paper Retriever’s Web store, which incentivizes the process for the students involved in a way that helps them to understand a personal benefit that goes along with the environmental ones.

The community has truly bought in as well. Thanksgiving break produced large loads of recyclable goods during a period when school was out.

We’d love to see the Bowie example expanded throughout the district — there is untold waste dumped into our landfill every day that could be reduced, reused and recycled, and probably done at a lower cost than the current disposal protocol.

Ennis has bought into the school’s program. The city has a program of its own — the first Wednesday of every month is recycling collection day — and that is also worth our time and effort.

Really, Ennis has been such a leader among the communities in our area that beefing up our recycling is just another step in our growth.

We’ve set so many standards, from giving and education to economic prosperity — being good stewards of our environment really seems like a no-brainer.

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