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Recycling | Schools take part in recycling competitions

Our local schools love competition. So we let them have some fun by competing against one another while doing well by the environment. And it doesn’t hurt that they can win some great prizes, too!

School paper competition

Last fall, 16 Centre County schools participated in GreenSylvania, a school recycling contest to see which school could recycle the most paper, per capita, from Oct. 21 to Nov. 15.

Mountain Top Elementary came in first place, recycling 1,450 pounds of paper (8.79 pounds/student) and was awarded a $300 check for their efforts.

Bellefonte Elementary came in second place, recycling 3,710 pounds of paper (7.25 pounds/student), and Bellefonte Area High School finished in third place, recycling 2,065 pounds of paper (2.62 pounds/student). They were awarded $200 and $100 checks, respectively.

Overall, our 16 schools recycled 15,600 pounds of paper during the month long contest. Great job to everyone who participated.

School plastic bag challenge

Earlier this year, 16 State College-area elementary schools competed in a plastic bag recycling challenge to see which school could recycle the most plastic bags both overall and per capita during an eight-week period. The results were amazing. From Feb. 14 to April 15, our schools collected a total of 5,631 pounds of plastic bags and film (that’s approximately 360,000 bags).

Congratulations to Gray’s Woods and Park Forest elementary schools for winning the plastic bag recycling challenge. Park Forest collected the most bags overall (1,497 pounds), and Gray’s Woods collected the most per capita (3.80 pounds per student). CLC Charter School received Honorable Mention for a close second place.

We would like to thank our partners, The Centre Region Council of Governments, State College Borough, Trex Co., Weis Markets, Lowe’s and A Bag’s Life. They were instrumental in the success of the challenge.

Gray’s Woods and Park Forest will receive a raised garden bed made from Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber filled with Weis Choice Compost and $50.00 in “seed” money. All 16 participating schools will receive a Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber Park Bench (made from 10,000 recycled plastic bags) donated by Weis Markets, as well as a Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber Bird House.

Our 16 participating schools were CLC Charter School; the State College Friends School; the Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School; Nittany Valley Charter School; Our Lady of Victory Catholic School; the Goddard School; Nittany Christian School; and Corl Street, Easterly Parkway, Ferguson, Gray’s Woods, Houserville, Lemont, Mount Nittany, Park Forest and Radio Park elementaries.

We couldn’t be more proud of the enthusiasm and effort each school put forth for both competitions. The students, teachers and staff are wonderful to work with and the message our kids take home is priceless.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and to our generous partners. For additional information about the school recycling competitions, please contact me at aschirf@centrecounty