Friends of Niu Valley Middle School

Niu Valley Middle School's Recycling Drive

Dear Friends of Niu Valley Recycling Supporters,

Since 2006 Niu Valley Middle School has participated in HI5 Recycling Drives. These drives have brought in well over $11,000.00 for the school and have kept over 200,000 recyclable bottles and cans out of our landfills. More importantly, the students at Niu Valley Middle School have been able to learn about the importance of recycling. We are so very grateful for the support that our families and neighborhood community have given us through the years.

Unfortunately, due to rising costs, the recycling companies that we have worked with over the years are now either charging for pick-ups at the school or are requiring minimum quantities of recyclables in order to qualify school pick-ups.

At our last recycling drive in October 2013, we unfortunately did not meet the minimum quantity required, and our recycling volunteers had to load their cars and vans with bags and bags of recycling and take them to one of the recycling sites in Kalama Valley to redeem them. It took an additional hour and a half after the drive ended to redeem the recyclables, simply not making it worth the time and effort.

It is frustrating and so very unfortunate that it has become seemingly more difficult to give our students opportunities to learn about the importance of recycling. Our City & County white bin for cardboard, paper, and HI5 recycling was removed several years ago, leaving no good way to recycle the huge amounts of recyclable paper generated by the school, and now the recycling companies have made it cost prohibitive to hold the HI5 Recycling Drives.

We are continuing to look for ways to continue our recycling efforts for Niu Valley Middle School so that our students will learn the importance of recycling. But we do need to make the effort worth our while for the many volunteers that take time out of their busy schedules to help with the drives. Until we do find a better venue, we will unfortunately discontinue having our school recycling drives until further notice.

Again, we truly do appreciate the support that our families and community have given us through the years. We do hope that you will continue to recycle at home and let your children know how important recycling is to their futures.

Mahalo,

Roslyn Chun 
NVMS Recycling Parent Coordinator

Parent volunteers help sort, bag, and haul HI5 recyclables at the Recycling Drive on September 28, 2012.

Parent volunteers help sort, bag, and haul HI5 recyclables at the Recycling Drive on September 28, 2012.