Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy won first place in a plastic bag recycling contest sponsored by the City of Alexandria and the Trex Company. The school received $1,500 and a bench made by Trex. Second-place winner Charles Barrett Elementary School received $1,000, and third-place winner Douglas MacArthur Elementary School received $500.
From September 2009 though April 9, Alexandria schools competed to see who could collect the most plastic grocery bags. The contest is designed to increase plastic bag recycling through school and community education as a part of the community-wide Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative. Each week, students brought in plastic grocery bags, dry cleaning bags and the plastic wrapping around paper towels, toilet paper products and packs of water bottles. They collected newspaper sleeves, department store bags and food storage bags. All these items were then placed into a Trex box and counted by the bin. After each bin was counted and tallied, the bags were transported weekly to a drop-off location.
Congratulations to Lyles-Crouch students and staff for their great efforts toward collecting and recycling 121 bin loads of plastic. All three winning schools showed leadership in this challenge and made a difference in plastic bag waste. With continued efforts by schools, community and the City of Alexandria we can all make a difference by making our world a little "greener" for all.
For more information, contact Lyles-Crouch Environmental Steward Christa Kelleher at 703-706-4430.
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