GREENVILLE, SC — A few years ago, students at Robert E. Cashion Elementary School wouldn’t think twice to throw just about anything in the trash, but Luis Munoz has changed that, according to the Greenville News.
Knowing that Munoz, the school's head custodian, can turn their trash into treasure, like turning a milk carton into a toy car, students are much more likely to hold on to things they would normally carelessly throw away, the article stated.
According to the article, Munoz was recently named the Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina for his program, Project Eco-stodian.
The project is a school-wide recycling program that aims to encourage students to cut down on waste and instead reuse some materials to make toys and educational tools, the article noted.
"The idea is to turn waste or trash into resources. In this case, resources to learn, to teach, to create consciousness about the environment," said Munoz.
In addition to making the toys, Munoz also makes appearances in the classroom in order to talk with students about the importance of caring for the environment and teaching them how to make one of his toys, the article added.