We want to praise all the schools that participated in the third annual Plastic Film Recycling Challenge.
Special applause is warranted for Rome Catholic School, which came in first place among elementary schools, and Remsen Junior-Senior High, first among middle and high schools.
The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority announced the winners.
The 104 students at Rome Catholic collected 375 pounds of plastic film for recoiling during the five weeks of the 2018 challenge, or 3.61 pounds per student. For the victory, Rome Catholic gets a visit from the Utica Zoo Zoomobile. Remsen Junior-Senior High gets a visit from KISS FM deejays.
The collection challenge was intended to draw attention to recycling of plastic film, which cannot be recycled through the regular curbside recycling program.
The average American family uses 1,500 single-use plastic bags each year, and only 12 percent are recycled, according to the authority. In all 100 billion single-use plastic bags were used nationwide in 2014.
A 2009 New York law mandated retailers of a certain size take such bags back because they can be recycled with special techniques, such as into plastic building lumber.
So for these reasons its’s important to stress the need to recycle.
In the challenge, 19 participating schools collected film and delivered it to local stores for proper recycling. In all, nearly 6,000 pounds of film was collected, the equivalent of almost 400,000 plastic grocery bags.
The authority expressed its thanks to all those students and schools that participated.