LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 29, 12:15 p.m. ET) — The Las Cruces Public School system is New Mexico's first district to recycle plastic foam.
The district bought a Thermo Compactor for $130,000 in October, using it at Mayfield High School.
The device can melt 1,200 meal trays at once into a block of hard plastic that's around two-feet long, four-inches high and six-inches wide, according to the Las Cruces Sun News.
The plastic is then recycled by Earth Systems Technologies, a Mesa, Ariz., company that supplies the machines, the paper reported.
“The LCPS Board of Education adopted a district-wide energy and water conservation policy last December,” LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds told the newspaper. “It mandates that we save energy and reduce waste whenever and wherever possible in our schools. Recycling Styrofoam and reducing the solid waste it produces are important steps in the implementation of that policy.”