Mary Lin Elementary Wins APS Plastic Bag & Plastic Film Packaging Recycling Challenge for 2nd year in a row!


From October 30-November 10th, Mary Lin Elementary participated in the APS 2017 Plastic Bag and Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Students and families dropped off their plastic bags and plastic film recyclables in designated containers in front of school.

Plastic film is essentially plastic bags and packaging that are clean, dry and empty. Such items include newspaper sleeves, bread bags, cereal liners, product wrap, food storage bags, produce bags, grocery bags, ice bags, dry cleaning bags, pellet bags, case overwrap, packaging air pillows, salt bags, and LDPE/HDPE films.

Live Thrive Atlanta’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), in collaboration with Atlanta Public Schools, and the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Resilience, partnered to bring the 2017 Plastic Film Challenge to APS schools in honor of America Recycles Day!

Mary Lin families collected enough to fill 60 large trash bags – that’s over 900 lbs!! We also collected over 50 political campaign signs that were either in yards or found tossed on the sidewalk outside polling stations.

Last year, we won first place and received a check for $350 that was used for the Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden. This year, the winning school that collects the most bags will receive an earth friendly composite material bench donated by Trex. It was recently announced that Mary Lin Elementary won again!!

Check out our new Trex bench.IMG_7312

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