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School Recycling Challenge Focuses on Non-Traditional Recycling & Community Stewardship

BRUNSWICK, GA (September 7, 2023) – Reducing landfill waste is the focus of the annual Keep Golden Isles Beautiful 2023 School Recycling Challenge and the public is invited to support local schools in this October 2-13 endeavor.

“After a Covid caused hiatus, the annual School Recycling Challenge is back this fall and 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 immediately reduce waste.”

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 KGIB offices October 2-13. Collected items should be separated by category and labeled with the intended school name.

The collected items will be recycled via TerraCycle, an organization focusing on non-traditional recycling and eliminating the idea of waste.

“New this year will be the public’s dropping off collected items to the KGIB offices instead of individual schools,” said King-Badyna. “We are excited to continue the Challenge and encourage schools and teachers to participate in this community stewardship activity. Our hope is that schools will continue recycling non-traditional items through TerraCycle via our office even after this year’s Challenge is over.”

The Challenge is made possible by a Hello GoodBuy community grant and is sponsored by Georgia Sea Grill. For Challenge information, to verify school participation or to register for the 2023 School Recycling Challenge, contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful at or 912/279.1490.



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