New Hope Middle awarded recycling cart

DALTON — Recycling Ben, mascot for the Target Recycling program, presented the seventh-grade class at New Hope Middle School an award for having the highest recycling rate during the second quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.

The award chosen by school staff is a two-level cart to help collect recycling bins from classrooms and offices. Cheering students had the opportunity to also win Recycling Ben hats and T-shirts by naming items that are recyclable. Thanks to the efforts of local teacher Janet Crumley and an enthusiastic team of seventh-graders, New Hope Middle School practically doubled their initial recycling rate of 5.5 pounds per student during the first quarter of the school year to an amazing 10.5 pounds per student during the second quarter of the school year.  

Target Recycling is a recycling program managed by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority that includes educational opportunities and recognition of participation for city of Dalton and Whitfield County schools. Since fall 2008, local schools have hosted Target Recycling containers where they collected mixed paper products like cardboard, paper, office paper, books, cereal boxes, magazines and newspapers. Each quarter the school with the highest recycling rate receives a custom award that will help improve the recycling program or beautify its campus. Awards include items like recycling bins for classrooms or benches made from recycled materials.  

To improve the recycling rate at your school, contact Liz Swafford, recycling and education program coordinator, at (706) 278-5001 or e-mail