ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved an application for a grant for a co-mingled school recycling collection and compaction pilot project that will help increase the recycling program at East Bladen and West Bladen high schools.
Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said the co-mingled recycling program will allow students and staff at the schools to throw both recyclable paper and plastics into one bin for recycling.
“It’s just like at our solid waste sites,” said Martin.
Currently, the schools are restricted to recycling plastic bottles, according to Martin.
The project calls for a 3.4-gallon deskside recycling container in each classroom. It will also allow for the placement of a 30-cubic-yard recycling roll-off container at each high school, said Martin.
As part of the project the county will also add a second compactor to the Tar Heel convenience center, said Martin.
“The site was chosen because it has the highest level of recycling activity,” said Martin.
The total project cost is $29,850, said Martin, The state grant award is $23,880 with a local match of $5,970.
In other business:
— The board approved a financing agreement with First Citizens Bank, according to Martin. According to the agenda information, the financing in the amount of $388,632.12 is for the purchase of ten heart monitors, one new ambulance, and one refurbished ambulance.
— The board appointed Jeanene Green and Larry Yoder to the Bladen County Nursing Home Advisory Committee and Dr. Kathlen Heer to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Donald Brown on the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee. Martin said Brown has relocated.