Friday, May 24, 2013

Metro awards three students with college scholarships

All around the county schools are getting ready to close their doors for three months of summer. Although this weather makes us feel like we’re stuck in March, the calendar will continue to remind us otherwise. 
As the school year winds down seniors will prepare to graduate and move on to their next adventure. College is an option for many graduates. With college comes heavy financial stress on most families. This year Metro Recycling was excited to be able to lessen this financial burden for three families in the Blue Island, Griffith and Valparaiso communities.
“We're very excited to be able to offer three students from Blue Island, Griffith and Valparaiso High schools the Metro Recycling Scholarship,” Neil Samahon Stated. “We recognize that the communities that we operate in are a key factor in our success and we feel compelled to give back to the community to express our appreciation.” 
The Metro Recycling Scholarship was sent out to all high schools that fell within the Blue Island, Griffith and Valparaiso city limits. 
The requirements to be awarded the scholarship were: 
1. Interest in Environmental Studies (preferred not required.)
2. Level of need.
3. Scholastic achievement.
4. Involvement in community, school, work. 
5. Evaluation of responses.

After reading through a multitude of applications the scholarship committee decided on one recipient from each town. 

Kathy Rodogiannis (Blue Island), Bailey Swan (Valparaiso High), and Caylee Adams (Griffith High) have all excelled in their classes and have been prominent members in their school and community activities. Each has given of their time and energy to make their high schools and community’s better places. As they continue with their education Metro Recycling wishes them the best. 

We’re excited to give back to our communities in this way and although this is the first year Metro has offered scholarships we’re expecting many more years to come.

Monday, May 13, 2013

DIY Tire Swing

We’ve been talking a lot about recycling and different items that places such as Metro Recycling can accept. But it’s important to also remember there is another word besides recycle that is important as well. That word is reuse. 
Some of the items we use regularly can be reused into something completely different. Let’s take tires for instance. Tires come in multiple sizes, but all can be reused into a staple at your local park or even in your backyard. Creating a tire swing out of an old tire is a great way to reuse it and will also give the kids hours of fun in your very own backyard. 
What does it take to make one of these? It’s pretty simple actually. All you’ll need is a tire, eye-bolts, S-hook, 3 shorter chains and 1 long chain, clip hook, connector links, and a swivel piece. Now, if you’re not a handyman this may sound intimidating, but check out this website with step-by-step directions and you’ll soon realize that any man or woman is capable of making a do-it-yourself tire swing. 
After you create your very own personal tire swing you can feel proud of not only the work you have done, but also that you did a little part in helping the environment. 
Although Metro Recycling does not accept tires we do accept a variety of other materials that you can't necessarily fit inside your blue recycling bin. Check out our list of acceptable materials here.