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Athens schools want your plastic bottles

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — Three city schools want citizens to please provide the plastic.

They are competing in a national contest called Students for Recycling that aims to remove 45 million plastic bottles from the environment.

If the three schools are among the top 100 in collections, they win a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card and 100 backpacks.

Keep America Beautiful, Aquafina and Sam’s Club are sponsoring the program as part of the Great American Cleanup. The bottles, referred to as polyethylene terephthalate, PET or No. 1 plastic, will undergo recycling for use in making backpacks for children across the country.

“Water bottles, soda bottles and some other see-through plastics are what you can recycle for this,” said Lynne Hart, executive coordinator of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. “Just check the number in the triangle on the bottom of the container to be sure it has a No. 1.”

Julian Newman Elementary, Athens Middle and Athens Intermediate have bins on campus to collect the plastic. KALB is coordinating the local contest.

The three schools have different shopping lists should they win a Sam’s Club card.

Marina Turberville, enrichment teacher at Athens Intermediate, wants to purchase items for an outdoor classroom she is creating.

Hedy Lou Canon, teacher at Julian Newman, said her science club students want to add some landscaped reading/meditation stations to the campus.

Athens Middle teacher Amanda Gibbs wants to purchase a sound system for the cafeteria so students can enjoy music during their lunch period.

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