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Crockett Elementary Wins Plastic Bag Recycling Competition


Kiii News - April 30, 2013 - For the past five months, 14 Corpus Christi Independent School District schools have been in a competition to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags.

On Tuesday, students at Crockett Elementary saw all of their hard work pay off.

It was all part of the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge that began back in November on America Recycles Day, which ended on Earth Day, April 22.

For collecting more than 76,000 plastic bags, the students at Crockett were given a park bench made entirely from 10,000 recycled plastic bags. The bench was provided by the Trex company.

"It's easy to collect bags, because when you see one, just pick it up and recycle it," student Dirk Johnson said.

"It teaches them to take care of our Earth. To recycle and not to throw trash anywhere," Crockett Elementary Principal Aurelia Barrera said. "I have seen the children more aware of what we are supposed to be doing for our Earth and our atmosphere, and taking care of our Earth, and they are taking pride in that."

In all, the 14 CCISD schools collected more than 237,000 plastic bags. The competition was put on by the school district, the City of Corpus Christi, the Trex company and A Bag's Life.