At 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 27, representatives from Allied Waste Services, a Republic Services Company, will give students, teachers and administrators a true hands-on recycling demonstration complete with a recycle truck and Mini-MRF (pronounced ‘Merf’) on site. The presentation is part of the launch of a new recycling curriculum and program for students and staff.
While the truck is life-size, the Mini-MRF is a miniature version of the multi-million dollar conveyor belt, screen and sorter system at Allied’s MRF, or Material Recovery Facility, a state of the art recycling facility. The MRF is located at 3rd and Lander in south Seattle.
“Our MRF processes over 220,000 tons of recycled material each year, 97 percent of which is recycled,” said Frey. “As the largest recycling facility in the Pacific Northwest, the 3rd and Lander MRF is a testament to the recycling education we do with the community.”
The huge recycling volumes processed at the facility are proof that Puget Sound customers feel strongly about preserving the environment by reducing waste and recycling more, Frey added.
The Mini-MRF enables students to build hands-on experience with the sorting process that occurs at the actual recycling facility. The company believes it strengthens recycling best practices when it invests in educating youth, the future generations who are now “growing up green.” In addition to serving an educational purpose, the Mini-MRF brings plenty of smiles and interaction to the world of recycling.
This Thursday, in addition to the Mini-MRF, students will have the chance to climb inside a recycle truck, check out the in-truck camera system and watch as a cart is dumped into the truck. Representatives from the company will talk with students about truck safety, reducing waste and recycling.
“This is the highlight of my job,” said Frey. “Working with kids, watching them develop a strong sense of why and how we recycle makes it all worth it. And we feel strongly that kids learn the most when they’re having fun.”
Frey also said he knows children take the Mini-MRF experience (as well as Allied’s Touch-A-Truck and Recycle Rosie presentations) home to their families where they have a continued benefit for recycling and the environment.
“Not an event goes by when we don’t have a parent come up to our booth to tell us their child went through one of our programs,” he said. “The positive feedback from parents lets us know these programs are really working.”
Academy of School is located at 14601 Interurban Avenue South in Tukwila. Thursday’s agenda is divided into two sessions – 8:45- 9:30am for Pre-K – 5th grade and 9:45-10:30 a.m. for 6th-12th grade.