School Recycling Challenge Focuses on Non-traditional Recycling and Community Stewardship

School Recycling Challenge Focuses on Non-traditional Recycling and Community Stewardship

BRUNSWICK, GA (September 9, 2016)Reducing landfill waste is the focus of the annual Keep Golden Isles Beautiful 2016 School Recycling Challenge and the public is invited to support local schools in this October 3-14 endeavor.

“This year’s Challenge again focuses on three items not accepted in our local recycling programs: oral care products, pens/highlighters/markers and cereal bags,” said Keep Golden Isles Beautiful executive director Lea King-Badyna. “By recycling these used items that are normally tossed in the trash, we are able to make an immediate impact on waste reduction and that is pretty exciting.”

Partners in Education, PTAs, businesses and members of the public are invited to take part in the Challenge as well by collecting and donating used oral care products, pens/highlighters/markers and cereal bags to participating local public, private and home schools and institutions of higher education. Simply contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful to verify a school’s Challenge participation and then arrange to drop collected items by the school October 3-14.

While the Challenge public drop-off dates are in October, both the public and participating schools are encouraged to begin collecting the accepted used items NOW. The collected items will be recycled via TerraCycle, an organization focusing on non-traditional recycling and eliminating the idea of waste.

“Students at St. Francis strongly believe that protecting our environment is a way we live our faith,” said Toni Tennent, St. Francis Xavier School’s Challenge coordinator. “Stewardship of the earth by recycling helps us make a difference.”

“Again this year the streamlined process makes it easy for participating teachers and schools to concentrate their Challenge efforts and contributions towards community stewardship,” said King-Badyna. “We hope schools will find the experience so easy and fun that they will continue recycling non-traditional items via TerraCycle or our office even after this year’s Challenge is over.”

For Challenge information, to verify school participation or to register for the 2016 School Recycling Challenge, contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful at or 912/279.1490.

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