HANOVER, MD. - Grafco Industries, a Hanover-based PET container manufacturer, and the National Association for Plastic Container Recovery have teamed up to donate educational recycling kits to 120 schools. The kits were donated to each school in the Anne Arundel County Public School System in Maryland, which has about 14,000 students. NAPCOR has distributed the kits to more than 2,500 schools and organizations across the country, but this is the first donation to an entire school system.
``We're building long-term commitment to recycle through young people. It's a small investment in future recyclers,'' said Quinn Davidson, NAPCOR director of communications.
The kits, called PETE's Pack, include bottles, T-shirts and carpet samples made from recycled PET. A notebook with handouts and a video featuring a reclamation facility processing PET containers also comes in the pack. They are used in science classes as part of the recycling and environmental curriculum.
NAPCOR of Charlotte, N.C., did not have statistics related to improved efforts to recycle in the communities where the packs have been distributed. However, Davidson said the response has been positive, and NAPCOR has had three production runs. Grafco is a new member of NAPCOR.