Higley Unified School District’s Power Ranch Elementary School‘s recycling efforts earned the school a new bench in the town of Gilbert’s “Bench the Bag” program.
According to a press release, all eight Higley Unified School District elementary schools, along with 15 schools in the Gilbert Public Schools district, participated in the month-long program to collect soft plastics, such as grocery bags or shrink wrap, that can break recycling machinery when placed in blue curbside bins.
The program began Feb. 9 and ran until March 6, with the schools collecting 7,945.24 pounds of plastic and 595,893 bags.
Power Ranch Elementary School, 4351 S. Ranch House Parkway in Gilbert, collected 1,059.38 pounds or 1.49 pounds per student, according to the release.
In addition to the school recognition, the town of Gilbert will honor teacher Linda Dowden for her efforts in leading the recycling program at the school.
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