KILGORE — East Texas is home to a one-of-a-kind program that lets students see what happens to the plastic bags they recycle.
Kilgore ISD encourages children to bring “BOBs” to school. BOBs stands for bags of bags. This week they got to see what happens to them.
“They come and be recycled for new bags for other people and they don’t go to a landfill because landfills don’t like that,” student Halie Hanks said.
Pak-Sher, a Kilgore recycling company with international distribution to customers like Chick-Fil-A, makes special bags for Kilgore retailers from the students’ bags.
“We believe that plastic bag recycling is the key to our litter problem,” Pak-Sher’s Michele Talucci said. “So we wanted to get the kids involved, get them recycling and build some community togetherness.”
“They are a tremendous community partner and community employer,” the Kilgore Economic Development Council’s Jana Russell said.
Pak-Sher hopes to expand the student recycling program to other school districts.