BRUNSWICK, GA (November 13, 2023) -- With the goal of reducing waste, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s 2023 School Recycling Challenge was back on track post pandemic and did just that. This fall, eight local schools took part in the Challenge to collect non-traditional items for recycling. By collecting items not accepted in local curbside recycling programs, participating schools had an immediate and profound impact on reducing landfill waste. Students collected Pens/Markers/Highlighters, 115.6lbs; Oral Care Products, 20.81lbs; and Cereal Bags, 7.19lbs – all diverted from the landfill and now to be recycled via TerraCycle.
At the recent awards ceremony held at Hello GoodBuy, first place winners received custom created “recycled” trophies, second and third place schools received certificates and all school placing walked away with bookmarks for their entire student bodies and books for their libraries. The Challenge was sponsored by Georgia Sea Grill and supported by a Hello GoodBuy community grant. “The Challenge was a tremendous success and we greatly appreciate the effort of all participating schools,” said KGIB executive director Lea King-Badyna. “The collected poundage is even more impressive when we consider the individual size and weight of the collected materials, meaning a huge amount of little items comprised the final poundage.”
Participating schools can go ahead and begin their collections for the 2024 School Recycling Challenge and interested schools can contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful for more information.
Top placing schools include: WRITING IMPLEMENT CATEGORY: 1st Place –Satilla Marsh Elementary, 44lbs/12oz; 2nd Place –Fredrica Academy, 32lbs/8oz; 3rd Place –College of Coastal GA, 16lbs/2oz. ORAL CARE CATEGORY: 1st Place –Sterling Elementary,6lbs/4oz; 2nd Place –Satilla Marsh Elementary, 5lbs/3oz; 3rd Place- St Simons Elementary, 4lbs/10oz. CEREAL BAG CATEGORY: 1st Place –St Simons Elementary, 3lbs/12oz; 2nd Place –Golden Isles Elementary, 1lb/4oz; 3rd Place – St Francis Xavier, 10oz
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: College of Coastal Georgia / Frederica Academy / Glynn Academy Environmental Club / Golden Isles Elementary / Satilla Marsh Elementary / St. Francis Xavier Catholic School / St. Simons Elementary / Sterling Elementary
Photo Caption: Representatives from the winning 2023 School Recycling Challenge schools were on hand for an awards presentation at Hello GoodBuy. (L-R) Logan Zimmerman (College of Coastal Georgia Life Sciences Club), Heather Wilson (Keep Golden Isles Beautiful), Courtney Roberts (St. Simons Elementary) and Zack Gowan (Georgia Sea Grill, KGIB Board Member).