Caraustar, Domtar Reward Students for Paper Collection

Nov. 19, 2008 - The Recovered Fiber Group (RFG) of Caraustar Industries and Domtar celebrated the 10th year of a paper recycling partnership with 14 area schools in Texas and Arkansas by presenting a check totaling $105,211 to be shared among the participating schools.

The amount of the check reflected school-based collections of approximately 824 tons of recyclable paper over the past 12 months—an increase of 100 tons over last year, Caraustar said.

The funds were presented on November 4 at Domtar's Learning and Development Center by Tim Kennedy, manager, Roll Sales of Caraustar's RFG, Sharon Strawn, general manager of Caraustar's Texarkana Recycling Plant, and Norm Bush, mill manager of Domtar's Ashdown Mill.

The schools from Arkansas that shared the proceeds included:

  • Ashdown, Arkansas' L.F. Henderson Intermediate
  • Margaret Daniel Primary/C.D. Franks Elementary
  • Ashdown Junior High
  • Kilpatrick, Trice and Union Elementary (participated from the Texarkana, Arkansas School District)

Texas schools included:

  • Texas High School
  • Wake Village Elementary
  • Liberty Eylau Elementary
  • Liberty Eylau Middle School
  • Pleasant Grove Middle School
  • Pleasant Grove High School
  • St. James Day School

Using a team-based approach, Domtar provides each school with a 30-yard recycling bin and includes the school in its area-wide paper donation program, which provides a steady stream of fiber. Caraustar services each bin and utilizes the fiber to manufacture products that contain recycled paper, such as paper cores that are produced by Caraustar's Converted Products Group location in Texarkana and supplied to Domtar

The funds awarded to the participating schools benefit educational programs including science, math, technology and environmental, Caraustart said.

“This school-based recycled paper collection program has instilled tremendous knowledge of the positive impact that recycling has on the environment, the end-use markets of recycled paper, its complementary financial rewards and extends a greater understanding of sustainability to all the program's participants and their respective communities," said Sharon Strawn, general manager of Caraustar's Texarkana Recycling Facility. "This program is positive for all of us, and sends a message to other schools and their respective communities to become involved.”

SOURCE: Caraustar Industries, Inc.

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