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MT DEQ challenges schools to recycle


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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging schools from all across the state to sign up for this year’s Great American Can Round Up School Recycling Challenge sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute.

What can aluminum recycling do for your school? The kids in Cascade MT will tell you it can mean extra money for school activities. Recently they were recognized for collecting the most aluminum cans per capita among Montana Schools in the first annual School Recycling Challenge. The school placed 3rd nationally by collecting 13.06 pounds of cans and won $1,000 to help fund school activities.

“This event is open to all K-12 public and private schools and schools can earn money and prizes for participating”, said Sandra Boggs, DEQ recycling specialist. As an added incentive she said that Pacific Recycling is paying 5 cents more per pound to schools recycling at one of their facilities.

The School Recycling Challenge runs between America Recycles Day (November 15, 2011) and Earth Day (April 22, 2012). The national champion school wins $5,000 and the state champion school will win $1,000. In addition, there will be monthly drawings for $50 pizza gift cards.

To take part in the challenge, schools register at the CMI website. The students will record the pounds of aluminum cans recycled and submit the numbers monthly by mail, fax or email. For all the information and to register go

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