Pizza parties are in the planning stages for students in the six North Platte elementary schools that participated in the plastics recycling competition.Students competed for prizes during the five-week competition and brought in more than 11,000 pounds, KNPLCB Director Mona Anderson said. Participating schools include: Lincoln, Eisenhower, Cody, Osgood, Lake, and Washington.
The parties will be sponsored by Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful, First National Bank, First State Bank/American Mortgage, the Noon Rotary club, and ABC Recycling.
Every school surpassed the gold star level, bringing in 600 pounds or more of No. 2 plastics.
The highest amount of plastics brought in by a school was Eisenhower with 5,928 pounds.
The total, with some of the plastics still to be counted, was 11,739 pounds, Anderson said Friday.
This is nearly six tons of plastics that will remain out of the landfill, she said. The environmental savings for the competition equals 2,935 gallons of gasoline, 96 barrels of crude oil and 480 cubic yards of landfill space.
In addition to the pizza, students will receive book mark ribbons and a plaque for their school.
“I am still just amazed at the amount of plastics that these kids were able to find,” Anderson said. “They rallied family, friends, and neighbors to collect an unprecedented amount.”
The competitions are part of a comprehensive educational program to show residents the importance and ease of recycling. Students get the entire community involved in their efforts, which spreads a broader message, Anderson said.
The pizza parties will be held from next week through the end of the school year.