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(Graphic courtesy Salt Lake School District)
Mary Richards reporting
The Salt Lake School District went dumpster diving and found out it could recycle much more. Now the district would like to make money from it.
After some diving through the district's dumpsters, officials found some 83 percent of the trash could be recycled. But it costs money to recycle.
"Buy the blue bins for the rest of the district, buy the aluminum-can bins, buy the plastic bins," explained Gregg Smith, director of facility services for the Salt Lake School District.
Smith says though most schools recycle right now, he'd like a district-wide program that would take the recycling revenue and use that money to recycle the bigger stuff like computers, batteries and lights.
It's not the students he's worried about. "The kids are aware of it. The kids respond to it. The kids are willing participants," Smith said.
Now he wants to get the adults on board.