A trio of fifth graders from Saline’s Heritage Elementary School won the Washtenaw County School Recycling Program’s Education Challenge video contest. The students were honored in August with commemorative recycling bins and $500 for their school. Carolyn Kwon, Kendall MacNaughton, and Charlie VanHaaften’s produced the winning public service announcement video, which they worked on after school that highlighted proper recycling techniques. “Our environment is kind of getting trashed. My teacher got me motivated, so we made this video,” 11-year-old Charlie VanHaaften said proudly. “It was a team effort.”
The School Recycling Program began in 2015 with a $1 million state grant. The collaborative effort between the Washtenaw County Board of Public Works Solid Waste Division, Ecology Center, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Recycle Ann Arbor, and Advanced Disposal aims to improve recycling knowledge and recycling rates both in schools and in the home. Heritage, one of the program’s eight original pilot schools, now boasts a recycling rate of 58 percent, last year diverting 11,456 pounds of the school’s waste from landfills.
For more information on the Office of the Water Resources and its programs visit washtenaw.org/drains
or call 734-222-6860.