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These businesses received an award for recycling efforts. Here's what they're doing

Grace Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten has received an award from the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority for its recycling efforts.
Grace Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten has received an award from the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority for its recycling efforts. psheehan@centredaily.com

In April, 60 Centre County businesses, schools and organizations were honored for their community stewardship and sustainable practices at a Green Business Partnership Luncheon. The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority coordinated the recognition program to celebrate our wonderful partners who go above and beyond when it comes to green practices. In addition to our Green Business Partnership, we have created an Emerald Award for those entities who clearly go far beyond the recycling call of duty. Below are three of this year's winners.

DEP Moshannon District Mining Office

The DEP Moshannon District Mining Office maintains 14 recycling bins as well as a corrugated cardboard recycling container. The Moshannon District Office recycles as much as they can, including corrugated cardboard, office paper, newspaper, magazines, metal cans, plastic bottles, brown glass, green glass and clear glass. They collect miscellaneous plastics and plastic bags and their recycling czar takes the miscellaneous plastics to one of the recycling locations in State College and the plastic bags to a grocery store for recycling. Their building is Gold LEED rated and is located on a reclaimed abandoned mine site, largely constructed with recycled materials and partially powered by a 100-kW solar array.

Grace Lutheran Church; Grace Lutheran Pre-School & Kindergarten

Grace Lutheran Church; Grace Lutheran Pre-School & Kindergarten has instituted a reuse program in lieu of disposables by replacing foam cups with coffee mugs and providing a dishwashing crew to wash dishes at church functions. They collect non-traditional recyclables such as Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) and miscellaneous plastics from students and church members. They also collect compostable food waste at church dinners (this is a collaboration with Meals on Wheels, which now composts all food waste generated by their operations in Grace's kitchen). In keeping with their mission to protect the Earth as well as people, church members have set up collection points for sewing notions, fabrics, printer toner and ink cartridges, all benefiting Strawberry Fields.

State College Friends School

The State College Friends School recycles plastic bags and film at Weis Markets, miscellaneous plastics at the county drop off bins, fruit pouches and energy bar wrappers with Teracycle, marker recycling through Crayola and batteries with the Battery Outlet. They reuse containers for starting plants for their gardens and art projects and use both sides of paper before recycling. The State College Friends School uses the State College Borough compost containers for paper waste, meat and pizza boxes and use their own composting bins for vegetable and fruit waste. They use Freecycle to repurpose items the school no longer needs.

The 2018 Emerald Award winners as well as a list of all 60 Centre County Green Business Partners can be found on the CCRRA website, www.centrecountyrecycles.org.

We will post Green Business Partnership applications in the fall of 2019 for our next awards luncheon to be held in the spring of 2020.

Thanks for recycling!

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Contact her at aschirf@centrecounty recycles.org.
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