State funds expand recycling

The town is expanding recycling in the schools with the help of $18,113 in state funds. The state Department of Environmental Protection in November awarded Danvers $10,413 to purchase recycling equipment for the schools and $7,700 to help implement expanded recycling in those buildings, according to Gail Bernard, program coordinator for the Department of Public Works. Both grants came through the Department of Environmental Protection’s sustainable materials recovery program. To access the funds, the school district is required to pledge to take the steps needed to maximize its recycling. The School Committee is expected to discuss that policy at a meeting this month and then to consider final action in March. The town’s schools currently recycle, but in most of them it is confined to paper recycling and some plastics, Bernard said. The goal is to have them recycle the full range of materials that can be recycled curbside in town.