The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 30, 2013

Event fosters community involvement, supports school-based recycling

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The first community recycling day at Enid High School brought 12 students from the high school’s community service club and five employees of Enid Iron and Metal to the parking lot southeast of the high school.

“These school recycling events are something we’ve done for a long time,” said John Boone, owner of Enid Iron and Metal.

Boone, who purchased the Enid business in October, has operated recycling centers in Perry and Stillwater for years.

He supports school-based recycling events as a way of encouraging community service projects for students and community involvement for his employees, Boone said. It’s not a money-making deal for him — all the proceeds go to the school or school-based group promoting the recycling event.

“We lay out what we’ll take and what we’ll offer as far as employees,” Boone said.

Boone and his employees brought three roll-offs to the school parking lot: one for iron, one for tin and one for electronics. For three hours Saturday morning, people brought items for recycling and students directed them to the right roll-off.

Although Enid Iron and Metal ordinarily will not accept computer monitors because of the device’s mercury content, no one was turned away on Saturday.

Jenny Root, sponsor for EHS Community Service Club, said the idea of a recycling day came about because Vice Principal Adam Beauchamp has known Boone for several years, and when Boone expanded his business to Enid, Beauchamp suggested the project for the Community Service Club.

“All of our money goes back out to the community or to the school,” Root said. “We were able to give a $300 gift card to a family in transitional poverty at Christmas. The parents were unemployed. This gave them a nice Christmas.”

The Community Service Club meets every Friday, Root said.

Members of the high school’s ROTC group also came to help on Saturday morning, Root said.