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By Cody McNelly and Mary Penny/For The Richmond News
A Hardin-Central teacher has been making a difference in the community for almost 20 years.
Terri White, a high school and junior high teacher at Hardin-Central, decided to start a recycling shed to clean up the town and the school.
“It’s just always been a passion of mine,” she said of the effort.
White started the project in the fall of 1993 after the flood. She noticed an old chicken coop that had been used by a family for its own recycling. When she found the shed, it was a mess, and it was falling apart. After a little restoration, the shed served the town for about 15 years in its location in the alley just west of Merchants and Farmers Bank.
Then, to fix the shed up more, in 2009, White applied for a grant from the Mid America Regional Council and received $3,000. She used some of that money to repair the shed. She used the rest to buy recycling containers to put in the school and on the football field.
The shed is always open to the public. White said that glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin can be recycled there. White said plastic recyclables are the biggest in volume.
White said that 80 percent of the time, she manages the recycling by herself. The Hardin-Central Science Club, which White and a colleague formed in the early 1990s, helps.