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Sussex County School Recycling Container Contest
Release Date: November 16, 2011

Sussex County School Recycling Container Contest

The Sussex County Department of Environmental & Public Health Services (SCDEPHS) and the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) are sponsoring a School Recycling Container and Label Program for all Sussex County schools. With this Program the SCMUA and SCDEPHS aim to reinvigorate school trash and recycling awareness programs. The focus for the School Recycling Container Contest is to empower all Sussex County school districts to assess existing school solid waste and recycling programs, so that they can creatively develop efficient collection and diversion strategies. The New Jersey Recycling Enhancement Act and New Jersey Clean Communities Program grant funding will be utilized to fund this program and assist local schools in working towards compliance with the State of New Jersey Recycling Laws.

The Sussex County School Recycling Container Contest is a County of Sussex/SCMUA effort, which is a multi-prong initiative to address litter abatement and enhance recycling rates in Sussex County. In addition, the program will provide education and guidance to all private and public Sussex County school districts, on strategies to better manage solid waste and compliance with recycling requirements.

School districts throughout Sussex County will be challenged to design a set of containers for collecting the following materials:

  • Mixed Fiber (magazines, office paper, cardboard, newspaper items)
  • Commingled Containers (glass, plastic and aluminum containers)
  • Single Stream (combination of Mixed Fiber & Commingled Containers)
  • Trash (any material that can't be recycled)

Submissions will be judged on creative use of containers, materials and artwork to represent school trash and recycling collection, for each school district. The idea behind the contest is for each district to create a group of four "Innovative Containers", which would be the actual containers the above listed material could be placed in. Only one submission will be accepted per school district. School Districts will complete the attached application, with photos of the containers. Submissions should include the benefits (environmental, economic, and social) considered for the design of the project and why it was chosen to represent the school district.

All school district entries will be reviewed and evaluated by the Recycling Container Contest Committee. Five Sussex County school districts will each be awarded 3 of the "soda bottle" type recycling containers, in recognition of their creative design in a school trash and recycling collection program. In addition, all school districts will receive a quantity of "label sets" with the four (4) container categories (i.e, Mixed Fiber, Commingled Containers, Single Stream & Trash) to distribute among district's schools.

The SCMUA and SCDEPHS challenge teachers and students to think outside the box when it comes to recycling. All Sussex County school districts will be encouraged to embrace the "Slam Dunk The Junk!" and "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" philosophies in assessing their recycling program.

Applications will be provided to all Sussex County school districts on Wednesday, November 15, 2011 (National America Recycles Day), along with the contest description and application. Program and contest information will be available on the SCMUA or Sussex County web sites at www.scmua.org or www.sussex.nj.us.

School Districts must submit completed applications & photos by Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

Applications can be submitted to:

SCMUA
34 South Route 94
Lafayette, New Jersey 07848
Attn: Reenee Casapulla
973-579-6998 Ext 107
email: rcasapulla@scmua.org

For more information or questions, contact either Reenee Casapulla (SCMUA) 973-579-6998 Ext 107, or Jennifer Shortino (SCDEPHS) 973-579-0370 Ext 1280.






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