The GreenHounds started in 2006 as a class project for Leah Bodnarchuk’s special-needs students.
“We were studying ecology and collecting data on recycling, and we started collecting recyclable material around the school,” she said. “Now the class is part of a club with 30 or 35 members.”
John Trimnell, who was principal then, arranged for the group to use an old school bus with the back cut out of it as a rolling storage bin to collect the material – mostly cardboard and aluminum cans.
Since retiring, he has continued to work with the group, driving the bus when it is full to Macon Iron and Paper to sell the recyclables. The money earned is used to buy trash cans and recycling supplies for the school.
The GreenHounds also pick up recyclables from the Keep Jones Beautiful Commission and take them to Macon Iron and Paper.
Bodnarchuk said Wells Elementary School has joined the effort, and she is working with volunteers at other Jones County schools to develop recycling programs there.
That’s where the new trailer will come in to use.
“Right now we’ll probably use it to store the cans until time to take them to Macon so we can use the bus just for the cardboard,” she said. “But if some of the other schools become involved, we can take it to them to put their material in as well.”
Before the trailer was donated, she said she had written to the “Pimp My Ride” television show asking that the recycling bus be remodeled as one of its projects.
“I thought maybe getting it painted green and putting a lift on the back to make it easier to load and unload, but we weren’t chosen. But the trailer will be a big help.”