Tecumseh students collect a truck load of bottle caps

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NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Students at Tecumseh Schools are starting to see their recycling efforts pay off. 

“I like to see the kids working hard. But most of all, because I grew up in this community, I like to see the school and the community working together,” said Chris Johnston, Tecumseh ‘s Work Study Coordinator.

Tecumseh Schools says what started as a small project in the special education program is now a community affair.

Over the last year, they have been collecting plastic bottle caps with the goal of turning them into benches for the community. 

“When they collected their quota, we still continued to get caps from the community,” said Johnston. 

The caps will go to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana. 

In return the school gets a 100% recycled bench.

The truck students filled up on Wednesday weighed a ton. The boxes were stacked to the top of the truck.

The haul is expected to equal out to 5 benches that will be placed and dedicated throughout New Carlisle. 

“People drop caps off at the board office. Everyone in this district and community knows, do not throw a cap away,” said Superintendent Paula Crews.

“We have teachers that say they have kids that will pick them up off the ground and put them in their moms purse. I don’t know if mom likes that, but it’s fun to know everyone is collecting,” said Johnston.

The truck load of bottle caps is heading off to Indiana on Thursday. The district is hoping to make this a tradition in the community. 

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