February 13, 2016

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‘Dumpster Dive’ turns up waste worth saving

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Advanced biology students at Franklin County High School put a magnifying glass to the school’s garbage in an Earth Day “Dumpster Dive” project Tuesday morning.

Wearing surgical gloves, the students dug into that “out-of-sight, out-of-mind zone” for 75 minutes and rescued more than 255 pounds of recyclable items headed for the landfill.

The environmental education project was coordinated by Lissa McCracken, formerly of Frankfort and now with the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at the University of Louisville. McCracken spoke Friday to Kathy Billiter’s Biology II Advanced Placement class, explaining how the center at U of L works with businesses and industries to reduce waste.

“We do assessments, training and workshops at the Pollution Prevention Center,” McCracken said. “Recycling is only a part of it. We really deal with the 3-Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle. We focus on the reuse, so before you put it in the Dumpster, you can minimize what you’re putting in there.”

The Pollution Prevention Center’s work with businesses and industries is free, confidential and nonregulatory, McCracken said.

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