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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2010
CONTACT: Cristina Llorens, (561) 681-6605 or (561) 248-0830 (cell)
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DEP Recognizes Palm Springs Middle School for Recycling Commitment

~School submitted more than 1200 recycling pledges for America Recycles Day contest~ 

PALM SPRINGS –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recognized Palm Springs Middle School students today 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.

“The America Recycles Day Contest makes committing to recycling fun and easy for young people, such as students from Palm Springs Middle School,” said DEP Southeast District Director Jack Long. “I congratulate them on leading the way to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment by pledging to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

DEP officials visited Palm Springs Middle School today to award teacher Ms. Melissa Walsh with a refurbished computer, courtesy of Creative Recycling Systems, Inc., for the class’s pledge of environmental stewardship. With more 1,238 recycling pledges submitted from classmates, friends and family in 2009, Palm Springs Middle School submitted the second highest number of pledges statewide.

“Palm Springs Middle School is excited to have been able to participate in the America Recycles Day Contest, and we’re even more excited to have placed second in the contest. It’s important for students to realize the importance of recycling and being environmentally conscious,” said Melissa Walsh, teacher at Palm Springs Middle School. “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.”

Palm Springs 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. For more information about recycling, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling.

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, 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

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"The America Recycles Day Contest makes committing to recycling fun and easy for young people, such as students from Palm Springs Middle School."

Jack Long
DEP Southeast District Director

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Last updated: March 04, 2010

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