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Students Try to Increase Recycling Participation in 2016 Recycle Challenge

Students Try to Increase Recycling Participation in 2016 Recycle Challenge

It becomes more apparent with each passing day that we need to take better care of the natural resources we have if we want to have a healthy planet to live on in the future. Rising temperatures, worsening natural disasters and diminishing air quality are all symptoms that grow more threatening by the month. 

Of course, the best time to begin establishing good habits like recycling in people is when they are young. Kids can be just as motivated as any adult when presented with the facts of recycling's potential impact on our economy and environment, which is why Central Kentucky Fiber Resources is proud to sponsor the Recycle Challenge by Live Green Lexington.

The 2016 Recycle Challenge 

The Recycle Challenge is an effort to improve participation in curbside recycling by reaching the community through elementary school children. The program provides kids with the information they need to understand why recycling is important and how to properly recycle. Once armed with knowledge and facts like "Recycling just one aluminum can conserve the equivalent energy of a 60-Watt light running for over four hours," they will be tasked with trying to increase recycling participation in their school district by 50 percent. This year, the participating schools are Arlington Elementary, Harrison Elementary, and Willis Wells Brown Elementary.

Youths participating in the 2016 Recycle Challenge can help support their district by:   Joining their school's outreach team Recycling regularly (and properly!) Requesting a recycling cart from the city Encouraging their neighbors to start recycling, too

Rising to the Challenge

The Recycle Challenge kicked off Oct. 1 and will run through March 31, 2017. Youths participating in the challenge can help support their district by: 

  • Joining their school's outreach team
  • Recycling regularly (and properly!)
  • Requesting a recycling cart from the city
  • Encouraging their neighbors to start recycling, too

Although there is no question that recycling everything from paper to plastic will continue to be a vital part of our resource management strategies for years to come, it can be difficult to make the connection between tossing a can into a recycling cart and the quality of the air you're breathing. To give the students an example of how taking care of the environment can bring them direct benefits, each school can earn as much as $12,000 in cash awards if their school district meets the 50 percent recycling participation threshold.

You Can Help, Too 

Central Kentucky Fiber Resources is joined by several businesses and organizations from around the Lexington area to provide donations of time, money and energy to help these children take control of the future of their city and their planet. It truly takes a community to make a difference. Do your part by calling Central Kentucky Fiber Resources to schedule a business consultation and find out how you can start an industrial recycling program at your company.