GMU’s Recyclin’ Raiders started collecting items for the Otsego County Conservation Association’s Plastic Film Recycling Challenge on December 1.
Students, staff and community members are asked to bring clean, dry, recyclable plastic film to campus from December 1-April 15. Plastic film items include the following:
- Bread bags
- Bubble wrap
- Cereal bags
- Dry cleaning bags
- Grocery bags
- Ice bags
- Newspaper sleeves
- Plastic casings/shrink wraps
- Produce bags
- Salt bags
- Wood pellet bags
- Ziploc & other re-closeable bags
Please save these items and, beginning December 1, send them to school with students for proper recycling. Plastic film will be collected by elementary school teachers and middle/high school class advisors.
The goal of the Challenge is to educate the community on proper recycling of plastic film items, which cannot be recycled through regular curbside recycling programs. This initiative focuses on keeping clean, dry plastic film out of our region’s landfill.
GMU classes will compete against each other to collect the most plastic film, and winning grades will earn a prize. The Recyclin’ Raiders, who won OCCA Challenge titles in 2019 and 2020, also will go up against other Otsego County schools to collect the most plastic film per capita and take part in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling national competition. For more information on the national challenge, visit https://recycle.trex.com/view/programs
If you have any questions, please email GMU Art Teacher and Recyclin’ Raiders team leader Ashley Hughes at [email protected]