NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – The Perry County Waste Reduction and Recycling Program recently announced Alpha School is the recipient of the top prize in the 2021 Green School Challenge. All Perry County schools were invited to participate in the program.
The goal of the Green School Challenge is to encourage schools to acknowledge existing sustainability practices regarding solid waste issues within their building, as well as move in a positive direction to reduce existing wasteful habits where possible. Alpha science teacher Jeff Baker estimates they diverted last school year roughly 3,600 lbs. of waste from going to a landfill due to reuse habits and recycling efforts.
For winning this year’s challenge, a water refill station was installed in Alpha School. Since it began operating, students and staff have saved 284 plastic bottles from going to waste. The Perry County Waste Reduction and Recycling Program acknowledged WM, Inc. for consistently supporting Green Challenge projects each year.
PHOTO CAPTION: Alpha School wins the Perry County Green School Challenge from Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling. WM, Inc. provided the school with a water refill station to further reduce waste. Pictured (L-R) Jim Pottmeyer, Superintendent, Alpha School; Alpha students; Luann Cooperrider, Judge, Perry County Juvenile Court; Rick Blevins, manager, WM, Inc.; Jeff Baker, science teacher, Alpha School; Katrina Carpenter, Education Specialist, Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling.