Local 5th grader starts lunch recycling program

Published: Sep. 25, 2017 at 6:43 AM CDT
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A Midway fifth grader is taking advantage of a new law that allows schools to recycle unopened food.

Ronnie Dibold always enjoys a tasty meal with his classmates but his real work begins after he clears his tray.

A few weeks ago he began collecting unopened drinks that were headed for the trash can.

"(I) give the full ones to the kids who actually want them," the Woodgate Intermediate student said.

“I was like 'wow the milk could go to something more valuable,' but kids are wasting it,” Dibold said.

But this dream comes with some sacrifice.

“I am giving up recess just to do this program,” Ronnie said.

That impresses Principal Aaron Pena

“These kids have big hearts,” Pena said.

“They like to give back they have so much respect but another thing I'm noticing is just the leadership.”

In the past, there were laws preventing schools from saving unopened drinks. But that isn’t the case anymore.

“And I really think most schools should start doing that and providing the extra for kids who might need it or want it,” Pena said.

Ronnie just wants kids to be mindful of what they put on their tray.

“I want more kids to say 'hey take this milk' instead of 'I want the milk,'" Ronnie said.

He also wants students to develop green habits at an early age.

Ronnie said he will do his part to help Central Texas cut down waste and re-distribute items to those who need it in the future.