Palm Beach Central Tops In Recycling

The School District of Palm Beach County recently completed a study on the amount of paper that is being recycled at schools in the district.

Palm Beach Central High School recycled the highest tonnage of all participating schools for a total of 19.5 tons of paper.

The Broncos ranked first out of more than 140 participating schools.

According to the Recycling Revolution Paper Recycling Facts web site, each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water, representing a 64 percent energy savings, a 58 percent water savings and 60 pounds less of air pollution.

Also, 17 trees saved can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year, and burning that same ton of paper would create 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide.

This means that last year, PBCHS saved 331 trees, saved 7,410 gallons of oil, saved 58.5 cubic yards of landfill space, saved 78,000 kilowatt hours of energy, saved 136,500 gallons of water and allowed 4,875 pounds of carbon dioxide to be absorbed from the air.


ABOVE: Palm Beach Central High School recyclers.