If you've thought there was a lot of recycling and sustainability news in Kickstart the past week or so, believe me you would not believe how much we ignored as companies and organizations pumped out announcements timed for Earth Day.
There were releases by giants like Starbucks — rewards for bringing your own cup — and promises to recycle sauce packets by fast-food restaurants that sounded good, but actually they were a very tiny drop in a very big bucket of needed boosts in recycling and reuse.
But there were a few that still managed to stand out, such as Trex Co. Inc. working with film maker Charter Next Generation to reward schools for collecting film for recycling.
Students from 686 schools participated in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge in 2021-22, collecting a combined total of 323,586 pounds of polyethylene film.
Moscow Charter School in Moscow, Idaho, came out on top with 7,734 pounds of film and received $5,000 for its work.
Other $5,000 winners were E.L. Wright Middle School in Columbia, S.C., and North Cross High School in Roanoke, Va.
Taking second place in each of their categories, good for a $2,500 prize, were Woodland Elmentary School in Monroe Township, N.J., Einstein Middle School in Appleton, Wis., and York Community High School in Elmhurst, Ill.
Another $2,500 check went to students at Maple Grove Elementary School in Greenfield, Wis., "in recognition of their creativity and impressive activity on social media."