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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Hall Co. Government partners with local schools for recycling competition

Hall County Government has partnered with the Hall County School District for a nationwide recycling competition that aims to teach students the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling plastic bottles, aluminum cans and paper products.

In order to compete in Keep America Beautiful’s “Recycle-Bowl,” each school must track the amount of recyclable material it collects. Those numbers are then reported to officials with Hall County’s Resource Recovery Division, who enter that data into the competition.

“The next time a student stops to throw his or her lunch container or last week’s homework into the trash, the student should pause and ask, ‘Can this be recycled?’” said Bobby Purdum, Hall County Resource Recovery supervisor. “It is our hope that by participating in ‘Recycle-Bowl,’ we’ll help ignite a passion for recycling among students and teachers alike.”

Hall County School System spokesperson Gordon Higgins echoed those sentiments.

“We are encouraging students, along with their teachers and facility managers, to keep in mind that Recycle-Bowl is more than a competition,” said Higgins. “It’s also an opportunity for them to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of recycling, while inspiring their families to take similar actions both at home and in their communities,”

Nearly 700,000 students and teachers from more than 1,265 schools across the nation competed in the 2015 Recycle-Bowl. This year’s event runs between Oct. 17 and Nov. 15.

For more information about Recycle-Bowl, please visit: http://recycle-bowl.org.

As always, the public is invited to tour the Hall County Recycling Center between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information and/or to schedule a tour, please call 770-535-8284 or email lwheeler@hallcounty.org.

Hall County Recycling Center tour information
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