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Fountain Rock wins recycling challenge

June 30, 2013
  • Front row:, from left, Austin Zonis, Ava Kline, Julia Bowman and Sponsor Tom Grosh of Grosh's Lawn Service. Back row, Principal Michael Telemeco, Tracey Bowman, Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham, PTA President Krista Smith, PTA Treasurer Lynne Kline, Commissioner John Barr and Tony Drury, Washington County recycling program coordinator.
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As a result of Washington County student efforts, more than 12,649 phone books were recycled, saving 14 cubic yards of space in the county landfill as part of the Washington County Solid Waste Department’s 2013 Phone Book Recycling Challenge.

Leading the collection effort with a total of 3,458 phone books, the Washington County Board of Commissioners recently recognized the outstanding achievement of Fountain Rock Elementary School, this year’s first-place winner.

Fountain Rock Elementary averaged more than 19 phone books collected per student.

Hancock Elementary and Williamsport Elementary placed second and third, collecting a combined total of more than 4,800 phone books.

With this tremendous effort, the county’s students helped save:

  •  81 trees
  •  284 pounds of air pollution
  •  19,955 kilowatt hours of electricity (enough to power a home for 24 months)

Those schools placing in the top six spots received prizes ranging from $50 to $350.

Sponsors of the program prizes include Grosh’s Lawn Service, EZToUse.com and the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union.

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For more information, call the Washington County Public Relations and Community Affairs at 240-313-2380 or send an email to publicaffairs@washco-md.net. 

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