DALTON, GA – Students from Whitfield County Public Schools, Dalton Public Schools, and two local private schools collected 627,632 pounds of materials for recycling during the 2010 – 2011 school year with Target Recycling at School. The 314 tons collected is the weight equivalent of 179 compact cars and reflects an increase of 25% over the last school year. If only aluminum cans were collected, students would have recycled the weight equivalent of 21,814,300 cans.
Recyclables collected at the thirty-four participating schools include mixed paper products, and where available, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Recycling is the process of taking a product at the end of its useful life and using all or part of it to create new products. As a result, recycling helps conserve our natural resources. For example, recycling 2,000 pounds of paper can save 60,000 gallons of water.
[ Photo Left: Students at Dug Gap Elementary School learned about trees and paper recycling during a visit from Recycling Ben and Liz Swafford from the Target Recycling at School program. ]
Target Recycling at School is a free program for schools in Whitfield County, Georgia providing environmental education and collection of recyclables. Each year a School Recycling Contest is held and the top recycling schools are recognized. Every quarter the school with the highest recycling rate receives a custom award that will help improve their recycling program or beautify the campus. At the end of the school year the top three schools for the entire year are announced. Awards are given out at the beginning of the following school year.
For the 2010 – 2011 school year the winners are:
First Place: Pleasant Grove Elementary School
Second Place: New Hope Middle School
Third Place: Fort Hill Complex
Honorable mention goes to the Learning Tree School, and Dug Gap Elementary School, which were part of the top five schools for the year.
Target Recycling at School is a program managed by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority. For more information call Recycling and Education Coordinator, Liz Swafford at 706-278-5001 or the Target Recycling at School page on their website.
Students at Cedar Ridge Elementary School learned about recycling during a visit from Recycling Ben and Liz Swafford from the Target Recycling at School program. They discussed why recycling is important, what happens to the items collected for recycling, and what students could recycle at school and at home.
Third graders from Brookwood Elementary took a tour of the Recycling Center and Landfill managed by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority. As part of their visit they learned about trees, an important natural resource, and paper recycling.
Pictured is Recycling Ben congratulating Dawnville Elementary School students for their recycling efforts that earned them a heavy duty recycling cart last year.