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Meadows to be honored for recycling

Topeka Capital Journal

913 days ago   Article ID# 1513597
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Keep American Beautiful Inc.

TOPEKA, KANSAS (Topeka Capital Journal) - Meadows Elementary School in Topeka has been announced as a Kansas winner of Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students.

Keep American Beautiful Inc., a nationwide volunteer-based community action and education organization, made the announcement this week.

First place in the Kansas school versus school division went to Meadows Elementary, where students recycled 16 pounds of waste per capita, earning $1,000 in prize money for the school.

Students will be recognized at a special awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 201 S.W. Clay.

“Keep America Beautiful is thrilled with the success of Recycle-Bowl’s inaugural year, and our congratulations go out not just to Meadows Elementary, but to all participating schools for their work in showing how small changes can make a huge impact,” said Matt McKenna, president and chief executive officer of Keep America Beautiful. “Teachers and recycling coordinators report that the competition provided them with a mechanism to start or improve their school’s recycling operations. Importantly, they tell us it also provided them with invaluable teaching moments about sustainability, math, science and social studies.”

From Oct. 17 through Nov. 12, 2011, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The total amount of school-only recyclables recovered during the 2011 competition added up to 2,088,000 pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 990 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 154 passenger cars; 191,998 gallons of gas; or nearly 7.4 million gallons of water.

“We are very proud of all schools in Shawnee County for their recycling efforts,” said Philicia McKee, executive director of the Keep America Beautiful Topeka-Shawnee County. “We offer our sincere congratulations to Meadows Elementary. We would also like to thank Nestlé Waters for their contribution and Shawnee County Solid Waste Department and Deffenbaugh Recycling Inc. for collecting the recycling from our schools in Shawnee County.”

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