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Concord Intermediate School students, staff create benches from recycled plastic caps

NOW: Concord Intermediate School students, staff create benches from recycled plastic caps

ELKHART, Ind. -- Concord Intermediate School’s new initiative will help fund the cost of several playground benches while keeping plastic  out of landfills.

In the fall of last year, members of the community and Concord Intermediate School students began a plan to collect plastic caps, which in turn, will be repurposed to create benches for the school.

Approximately 200 pounds of caps are needed to turn them into benches. Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana will use these recycled materials to craft the benches.

Each bench costs around $300 to make and the cost of the first three benches was covered by the Dunlap Lion’s Club.

Troyer Foods in Goshen, Indiana helped the school transport the caps to Evansville, returning with the benches, saving the school time and money.

Science Teacher Ryan Prahl said students wanted a place to sit and gather and the project helped make that dream a reality.

'“Our students have told us that they wish they had places to sit and hang out. We are pleased that this project will help make that possible,” Prahl said. “Not only are our students becoming more aware and trying to work to save resources, energy and money but they give cash prizes for the number of challenges we are able to complete.”'

According to school officials, they expect to have collected enough for a fifth bench by this summer.

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