City wins National Recycling Award

Click to enlargeThe next time you sort your recyclables and carry them to the local centers, give yourself a little round of applause. You are part of the reason the city of Northfield has won a national award from the American Forest and Paper Recycling Association.

Seattle won for the best big city program and little Northfield beat out the pack among cities under 100,000. This week city officials shared the honors with adults and kids from the Moravian Church Youth group and Project Sight, two of the Green Teams who worked on the citywide project. Pictured are Sam, Josephine and Addison Luhman with Mayor Lee Lansing, backed up by Randy Bongard and Brad Easterson. The children are part of the Moravian Church group.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement on the national website:
The Youth Recycling Green Team Project was initiated to collect mixed paper and cardboard and to engage the city’s youth organizations in a “hands-on” recycling education project. In the program, youth organizations including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, athletic and music clubs and church groups compete for the distinction of becoming a Youth Recycling Green Team. The Teams learn about recycling, share that knowledge with others and earn money for their respective organizations. In 2005, 524 tons were recovered through the Youth Recycling Drop-Box Program—the largest amount so far in a single year. Since September 2001, more than $25,000 has been donated to 31 youth organizations as a direct result of the program.

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