Paper Retriever Asks Columbus Kids What it Means to ‘Be Green’
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6 /PRNewswire/ — Paper Retriever, a community paper-recycling program, today announced a competition for school-aged children, grades K-8, aimed at encouraging them to be good stewards of the environment. Until April 14th, Paper Retriever will call on students to submit their creative answer to the question, “how does recycling impact your community?” online at www.paperretriever.com/recyclingcreativitychallenge to celebrate Earth Day.
The top six finalists, as judged by a Paper Retriever panel, will receive a $500 savings bond for their creative, original written or photographic response illustrating how recycling impacts their individual community. In addition, Paper Retriever will also make a $500 donation to the Paper Retriever host location of the winner’s choice. The winning entries will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.
“Paper Retriever strives not only to better the environment and local communities through recycling, but also to educate about the benefits of recycling as a whole,” said Sylvain Longval, vice president of recycling, North America, for AbitibiBowater. “By reaching out to children we hope to affect their behaviors at a young age and create environmental stewards for life.”
Paper Retriever is a simple recycling program that directly benefits the community as well as the environment. Schools, churches and other non-profit organizations in cities across the country place distinctive green and yellow Paper Retriever bins in highly visible areas outside their organizations where members of the community and the organization itself can donate their recyclable paper. The non-profit organizations are then paid based on the tonnage that their bin collects; those funds can be used for textbooks, playground repair, even school field trips or other programs.
In addition, Paper Retriever is hosting a Nationwide Paper Drive aimed at encouraging community members to be good stewards of the environment while also supporting their community by recycling through Paper Retriever bins.
The paper drive, which will take place during the month of April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, will reward participating organizations that host Paper Retriever bins with a financial bonus.
Community members who’d like to help local Paper Retriever partners participate can visit www.paperretriever.com to locate the most convenient bin, as well as learn more about what types of paper can be recycled through Paper Retriever.
About Paper Retriever
Paper Retriever is a simple paper-recycling program that directly benefits the community as well as the environment. Schools, churches and other non-profit organizations house green and yellow Paper Retriever bins for members of community to fill with recyclable paper goods. The non-profit organizations are then paid for the amount of paper they collect. There are over 18,000 Paper Retriever locations and over 26,000 Paper Retriever bins hosted in 23 major metropolitan areas across the United States. In 2009, materials recycled through Paper Retriever generated more than $3.8 million for over 15,000 non-profit organizations. Paper Retriever is a subsidiary program of AbitibiBowater. For more information, visit www.paperretriever.com or head to www.facebook.com/paperretriever.
SOURCE Paper Retriever