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Students take on recycling project
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Often, in life our young people step up and take the lead in efforts we should all be involved in. This is certainly the case in the collection of PET plastics for recycling.
This year, our county’s Young Adult Liberty Leaders are participating in the national plastics recycling contest, ‘Students for Recycling.” This project is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, Aquafina and Sam’s Club in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup.  
Does this contest sound familiar? It should. Last year, Midway Middle School Builders Club along with Liberty Elementary placed in the top 10 schools in the nation in collections.  With the support of our community, they collected more than 6,600 pounds of PET 1 plastics — water and soda bottles.  Last year, the program was called “Return the Warmth” because each of the top 50 schools in the nation received 1,000 fleece jackets made from the recycled plastics. Because of the hard working Builders Club, kids in need in our community received 2,000 of the blue jackets.  What a great job, Builders Club and MMS and Liberty Elementary!
This year YALL members will lead the charge with Liberty County High School, Bradwell Institute and Midway Middle School participating.
This year, each of the top 50 schools in the nation will receive a minimum of 100 bookbags made from the recycled plastics. Each of these top schools will also receive — as they did last year — a $1,000 gift card from Sam’s Club to use for projects.  The contest is under way and school homerooms are competing to have the top totals in each school so they can win pizza parties.
You can support these young leaders and our schools by collecting plastics for a specific school or homeroom. Contact your school of choice and make arrangements to drop off your plastics.  
If you want to help the overall effort for these schools, you can drop off your plastics at any of the recycling drop off centers in the county. We will be counting all plastics collected between March 1 and May 31 at the centers and dividing the amounts equally between the three schools to support their effort.  For the locations of the recycling drop off centers, check out the Liberty County Solid Waste Department at the county’s Web site,   All bottles collected need to be rinsed and  have the caps removed.  
Now, of course, we hope that once you start collecting items for recycling that you will catch the recycling bug and keep on after the contest is over.
Help our students place nationally again!  You’ll also help our environment and our community at the same time!

Great American Cleanup events:
• Friday-Saturday: Electronics Recycling Days. Drop off sites at the old hospital site in Hinesville, Midway Isle of Wight Solid Waste Convenience Center, and Gum Branch Solid Waste Convenience Center  6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 368-4888.
• Saturday: 9 a.m. St Catherine’s Island Beach Cleanup
• April 17: 5-7 p.m. Kid’s Earth Day at the Park. A fun afternoon at Bradwell Park in downtown Hinesville including a sidewalk chalk art contest at 3:30 p.m., environmental exhibits, food and prizes, and the hilarious but educational program “Water, Water Everywhere”  
• April 21 8 a.m.-noon Hinesville Neighborhood Watch Cleanups. Contact Officer Michael Trombley at 368-8211 or your local Neighborhood Watch coordinator.
• April 21 8 a.m.-noon city of Flemington Cleanup on Old Sunbury Road and Peacock Canal. Call Flemington City Hall at 877-3223 or email  to volunteer.
• April 21 9 a.m.-noon city of Midway Cleanup Day. Meet at City Hall. To volunteer, call 884-3344.
• April 22 Earth Day. To receive church bulletin inserts for your church on Earth Day and environmental stewardship, call the KLCB office at 368-4888.
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