Suffolk students recycle a quarter-million bags

Published 10:20 pm Friday, May 1, 2009

One … two … 30 … 4,000 …

This is the song that 10 Suffolk schools have been singing the last four months as they counted plastic bags recycled in a drive co-sponsored by Suffolk Public Schools and Trex Company Inc.

The drive began in January and ended on Earth Day, April 22. Students collected a total of 277,837 plastic bags, ultimately keeping them out of the landfill and area waterways.

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The participating schools included Southwestern, Elephant’s Fork, Kilby Shores, Northern Shores and Booker T. Washington Elementary schools; Turlington Woods School; Kings Fork, John F. Kennedy and John Yeates Middle schools; and Nansemond River High School.

The top school in each level will receive a bench for the school courtesy of Trex. The benches are made from material that comes from recycled plastic bags.

The following schools will receive a bench: Kilby Shores Elementary, which collected and recycled 63,085 bags; Kings Fork Middle, 80,824 bags; Nansemond River High, 14,397 bags; and Turlington Woods, 7,307 bags.

Amanda Harrington, recycling promotions coordinator with Trex, will join Chad Oxton, Suffolk’s engineering data technician, and Hattie Lester, the city’s litter control coordinator to deliver the benches on May 7.