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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2010
CONTACT: Cristina Llorens, (561) 681-6605 or (561) 248-0830 (cell)
  Marguerite Jordan, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 528-8206


DEP Recognizes Wellington Landings Community Middle School for Putting Recycling First

~School submitted more than 1000 recycling pledges for America Recycles Day contest~

WELLINGTON –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has recognized Wellington Landings Community Middle School students for their commitment to protecting and preserving Florida’s natural resources by winning the statewide K-12 Recycling Pledge Card Contest. Across Florida, more than 25,000 participants pledged to adopt conscientious living habits such as reusing, recycling, buying recycled products and encouraging others to develop these important habits in 2010. DEP, Recycle Florida Today, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. and Publix Super Markets hosted the contest to recognize Florida schools for outstanding environmental commitment.

“Recycling is perhaps the most important and easiest way for citizens, both young and old alike, to conserve Florida’s natural resources and reduce waste,” said DEP Southeast District Director Jack Long. “I am pleased to see students from Wellington Landings Community Middle School leading the way to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment by pledging to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

DEP officials visited Wellington Landings Community Middle School yesterday to award teacher Ms. Pamela Park with a refurbished computer, courtesy of Creative Recycling Systems, Inc., for the class’s pledge of environmental stewardship. With more than 1,060 recycling pledges submitted from classmates, friends and family in 2009, Wellington Landings Community Middle School submitted the third highest number of pledges statewide.

“Wellington Landings Community Middle School is thrilled to have been able to participate in the America Recycles Day Contest. We take our recycling programs seriously, recycling paper, plastic, ink cartridges, batteries and shoes,” said Wellington Landings Community Middle School teacher Pamela Park. “Our thanks go to Recycle Florida Today, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. and Publix Super Markets as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for hosting this fun and educational event.”

Wellington Landings Community Middle School was one of three Florida schools that submitted the greatest number of pledge cards, each receiving a refurbished computer. All pledges were entered into a statewide America Recycles Day drawing and eligible for one of three $50 gift certificates donated by Publix and a $100 gift card courtesy of Recycle Florida Today. Florida celebrates America Recycles Day each November to encourage residents to make the world a better place by reducing waste. In 2007, more than 9.2 million tons of municipal solid waste was recycled in Florida, including 583,000 tons of newspaper, 125,000 tons of glass, 35,000 tons of aluminum cans and 56,000 tons of plastic bottles.

To increase recycling throughout Florida, Governor Charlie Crist signed the Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Security Act of 2008 into law which established a new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent to be achieved by 2020. Within the law DEP was directed to develop a program to achieve this goal and submit it to the Florida Legislature for consideration by January 1, 2010. To view the report, please visit www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/recyclinggoal75. For more information about recycling, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling.

Contact your local county recycling coordinator to learn where to recycle in your community, by visiting http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories

recycle bin

"Recycling is perhaps the most important and easiest way for citizens, both young and old alike, to conserve Florida’s natural resources and reduce waste."

Jack Long
DEP Southeast District Director

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Last updated: February 11, 2010

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