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Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge Celebrates Earth Day

Gray’s Woods & Park Forest Elementary Schools Win Big

Congratulations to Gray’s Woods & Park Forest Elementary Schools for winning the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge in College Township, Pennsylvania.

Park Forest collected the most bags overall (1,497 pounds) and Gray’s Woods collected the most per capita (3.80 pounds per student). Honorable Mention went to CLC Charter School for a close second and unbelievable effort!

Approximately 4,000 students from 16 State College Area Elementary Schools competed in the eight week Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge, recycling a total of 5,631 pounds of plastic bags and film. That’s approximately 360,384 bags.

Partners of the Challenge included The Centre Region Council of Governments, State College Borough, The Trex Company, Weis Markets, Lowe’s Home Improvement and A Bag’s Life. They were instrumental in the success of the challenge.

Mimi Joy Cooper, with the Centre Region Council of Governments and Amy Schirf, education coordinator for Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, are extremely happy with the results. In fact, they couldn't resist climbing aboard the pile of bags.

Gray’s Woods and Park Forest will each receive a raised garden bed made from Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber filled with Weis Choice Compost and $50 in “seed” money.

All 16 participating schools will receive a Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber Park Bench — made from 10,000 recycled plastic bags — donated by Weis Markets, as well as a Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber Bird House.

The 16 participating schools were as follows: CLC Charter School, Corl Street Elementary, Easterly Parkway Elementary, Ferguson Township Elementary, The State College Friends School, Goddard School, Gray’s Woods Elementary, Houserville Elementary, Lemont Elementary, Mt. Nittany Elementary, Nittany Christian School, Nittany Valley Charter School, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Park Forest Elementary, Radio Park Elementary and The Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School.

This challenge took place nationwide with 424 schools participating and collecting over 131,000 pounds of plastic.  This is approximately 9,779,625 plastic bags that have been recycled and saved from the landfill! This is an outstanding achievement and all schools should be commended for their participation.

The plastic bags collected by the schools will be sent to the Trex Company and recycled into plastic lumber.