Dalton High School placed first in high school category of the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority's Annual Recycling Contest for the 2016-2017 school year. Through the eight-month contest period, the students recycled 33,670 pounds of paper and plastic bottles with the help of the Recycling Center's collection services.
The total amount recycled equalled approximately 41.5 pounds per student. North West High came in second place with 35.9 pounds per student, and Coahulla Creek High came in third with 27.5 pounds per student. In the Middle School category, Dalton Middle School placed second with 61.3 pounds per student, behind New Hope Middle with 65.6 pounds per student.
For their efforts, the self-contained classes at Dalton High received a visit from mascot Recycling Ben who provided them with their first place award and two heavy duty pull-along wagons to help collect recyclables inside the school. While the Authority collects recyclables outside of the school at the main collection containers, each school is responsible for collecting materials inside the building. The wagons will help students collect the recyclables and make the collection process more efficient.
Liz Swafford, Recycling and Education Program Coordinator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, said more than 60 percent of what is thrown away can actually be recycled. Students participating in the recycling program at school help conserve natural resources all while learning about personal responsibility, cooperation and materials management.
"We're so very proud of all the students and staff at Dalton High who participated in the recycling program during the 2016-17 school year," she said. "It takes a lot of work to keep the recycling collection running smoothly during the year. It just wouldn't happen without the school recycling champions."