Cash Prizes Now Available For School Plastic Recycling | News

SPRINGFIELD – Reduce, reuse, recycle… and reap the rewards?

After 15 years of the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Competition, there is now an opportunity for winning and top recycling schools to win cash prizes for their efforts.

Springfield-Green Spring Elementary School has been the county’s recycling powerhouse for 5 consecutive years, recycling enough plastic to earn 5 Trex benches for their plastic collection, measuring to area schools.

Now there is potential money on the table for them.

Due to new corporate sponsorship by Charter Next Generation, for the first time, cash prizes are available for top recycling schools. Donations of $ 5,000 each will be awarded to the elementary, middle and high schools that recycle the most plastic film during the collection period (which began in November and continues through Earth Day – April 22). ). In addition, $ 2,500 will be given to schools in each grade that recycle the second highest amount of plastic wrap.

Not only are cash prizes awarded to schools that recycle the most plastic, there is an additional opportunity to earn some extra cash: a special prize of $ 2,500 will be given to the school that promotes the most creative and broadest of its recycling efforts via social media. and grassroots community awareness.

Gayle Allen, the Springfield-Green Spring Trex Challenge coordinator, encouraged the community to show the deck company what it can do.

“We are more than the little engine that could do it; we’re Tigers, ”Allen said. “We are strong, tenacious and united for the good of our community. “

Allen encouraged people to collect every piece of ‘soft plastic’ they can and send their totals to him after they deliver the plastic wrap to Food Lion’s recycling station or other participating businesses listed on the website. from Trex.

“Better yet, take a photo and post it on social media with the hashtag # Recycle2Win, so we can be counted there as well,” she added. “Let’s show them our stripes.”

During the collection window, participating schools must weigh and report their collection totals to Trex each month before delivering the recycled plastic to designated drop-off points, such as the recycling station outside the doors of the Food Lion in Sunrise Summit.

To register for the Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, schools must complete the form at Trex will then follow up with additional information and necessary supplies. At the end of January, Charter Next Generation will launch a web page dedicated to providing a ranking to track academic success ( o

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