recycling challenge

Keep Golden Isles Beautiful Executive Director Lea King-Badyna sorts through the results of the recent KGIB school recycling challenge on Monday.

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It was another successful year for Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s School Recycling Challenge.

Lea King-Badyna, KGIB’s executive director, said Monday that Glynn County’s students collected an impressive amount of nontraditional items to be recycled during this year’s two-week challenge.

“For the second consecutive year, a major hurricane disrupted the challenge and yet these schools still remained committed and did a fantastic job collecting targeted nontraditional recyclables and diverting items from the landfill,” King-Badyna said. “We hope that the participating schools will continue collecting nontraditional items for recycling and continue this waste reduction stewardship effort.”

This fall, 11 schools took part in the challenge to collect nontraditional items to be recycled, including oral care products, cereal bags and writing utensils such as pens, markers and highlighters.

Students collected more than 120 pounds of items, which will be recycled via TerraCycle, an organization that focuses on nontraditional recycling.

“The things we’re collecting are not very heavy, so when people hear the poundage, it may not seem that impressive. But it really is impressive, because these items aren’t heavy,” King-Badyna said.

First, second and third place schools in each category received a school recycling receptacle, an upcycled award and bookmarks for the entire student body.

Satilla Marsh Elementary School collected the most oral care products and cereal bags. C.B. Greer Elementary School collected the most writing utensils.

The School Recycling Challenge is supported by a community grant from local thrift store Hello GoodBuy.

King-Badyna said the challenge also teaches students important lessons about sustainability.

“It’s a really good lesson in stewardship and reducing waste,” she said. “We love our schools.”