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2010 AF&PA School Recycling Award presented to Parkway

The 2010 American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) School Recycling Award will be presented to the Parkway School District on April 24, 2010.  The annual awards recognize outstanding community, business, and school paper recycling programs across the country.
Parkway’s recycling program serves more than 18,000 students in 29 school buildings. The program began in 1990 after several elementary students made a presentation to the board of education requesting that the district be a better steward of the environment. Since that time, expanded efforts have resulted in an Environmental Services Department that oversees all District sustainability efforts. Results are impressive, including the recovery of more than 1,031 tons of newspaper, magazines, catalogs, direct mail, office paper, envelopes, and brochures and more than 138 tons of paper-based packaging in 2009. 
Students remain actively engaged, collecting paper in each classroom, and then placing it in Abitibi Paper Retriever bins located on campus. Parkway Materials Recovery Specialists then make the rounds to each school collecting the full totes and taking them to a central location. Bins are made easily accessible to allow families and surrounding community members to participate in the paper recycling program.
Believing that education is critical to the success of the recycling operation, the District conveys information about the program to school principals, and has a committee in which each building is represented. Students and custodial staff are also engaged through activities and discussions with the committee and with local partner organizations. 
“This comes at an exciting time, when paper recovery has reached record highs in the U.S. In 2009, 63.4 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling, exceeding the industry goal three years earlier than planned,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Efforts like the Parkway School District program recognized today serve as great examples of the ongoing commitment of the American people to this important environmental success story.”
For information on the annual AF&PA Recycling Awards as well as background materials, free classroom resources, interactive features, and more helpful information on recycling, visit paperecycles.org