Dirty recycling at TRU slows group’s efforts

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

TRU’s recycling is said to be consistently the dirtiest by a group collecting bottles and cans to raise money for autistic children.

The Beattie School of the Arts autism program has been collecting TRU’s bottles and cans for the last nine years as a way to fund their programs and to help the students feel like they are doing something worthwhile.

Debbie Dillman, the district resource room teacher for autism, appreciates the opportunity for her students, but the effort is not without issues.

The biggest concern Dillman has is how dirty the TRU recycling is. She said most of the kids’ time is spent sorting between garbage that’s been carelessly thrown in the recycling bins and dealing with half-full day-old coffee cups.

Dillman said the kids also spend a lot of time taking the lids off all the bottles, now made mandatory by the recycling depot. “It adds about half an hour to 40 minutes,” Dillman said.

“It is not a nice job at all,” she said, “but it really benefits the students.”

Dillman takes the students out to restaurants twice a year to help teach them proper etiquette. The group also goes bowling about eight times per year.

Dillman recalled a day when the students were supplied a hot pizza lunch by the trades program and were given hats with the trades logo. “It really made the kids happy,” Dillman said.