NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
March 21, 2011 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Keeping Schools Green
Suzanne Middle School Wins Schools Recycling Challenge
WALNUT, CA--Suzanne Middle School has won a 1st Place Award in a Pilot School Recycling Competition.
The Walnut school won in the Targeted Materials - CRV Beverage Containers (tonnage) competition of the 2010 California K-12 School Recycling Challenge.
Suzanne Middle School received a $100 check as a reward for the hard work and excellent performance by students and staff.
Suzanne’s 90-member Conservation Club heads up the successful recycling effort on campus. The club is comprised of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Each classroom on campus has a small blue recycling bin for paper and/or plastic bottles and cans, and eight recycling receptacles are available on campus. Members meet every Tuesday after-school to collect recyclables from classrooms and the containers located around the school.
The California Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their school communities.
Over a one-month period, schools reported recycling and trash data which were then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables or have the highest recycling rate.
Winners of the competition included three school districts and nine individual schools.
In total, over 148,000 pounds of materials were recycled during the competition between 84 schools and four districts throughout the state.
The school recycling completion is sponsored by Keep California Beautiful, an educational nonprofit dedicated to finding ways preserve and protect California’s natural resources for generations to come.