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School Contests

Every year Richland County Solid Waste hosts a K-12 student calendar contest. This year’s contest ended on March 4, 2021. The theme for the calendar was  “Recycling Hero.”

Congratulations to the 2021/2022 School Calendar Winners! Richland County Solid Waste is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Poster Contest sponsored by Milliron Recycling. The contest’s theme related to ‘Recycling Hero.’ Three overall winners were selected: Gabrielle Smith from Lucas High School, Jordan Ginn from Malabar Intermediate, and Jacob Murfield from Central Elementary. They will receive a  recognition packet encouraging community engagement. Other winners include Jack Hinton, Woodland Elementary; Evelyn Gunsalus, Lexington Central Elementary; Alliana Armstong, Mansfield Christian; Sophie Hamilton, Sacred Heart; Stacey Wolf, Malabar Intermediate; Olivia Kiley, Madison Middle School; Adrianna Shoemaker, Madison Middle School; Emily Daley, Lucas High School; and Andrew Westfield, Lucas high School.

All winners will receive a family day pass to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary as well as other opportunities to engage in Richland County’s parks and recreation.

The calendars will be on display at the Mansfield Richland County Public Library from June 5 through June 25.

Recycling Grants for Schools

Two $500.00 Grants are awarded to local schools that bring awareness to Reduce, Reuse or Recycle each school year. The deadline for this year’s grant was Feb. 26, 2021. This year’s winners are: The CACY team of Lexington Junior High. The team built a community of outreach for recycling during COVID19. Through emails, announcements, and consistent follow-up with recycling, the team created best recycling practices for Lexington Junior High while instilling “A sense of caring for the environment” and for each other. The Shelby Eco Whippets, Shelby Middle School, won a grant for their “Save the Frogs Day” promotion. The Eco Whippets will educate and fascinate younger students on the importance of frogs and toads in Richland County. Their program focuses on environmental awareness, the positive interaction with wildlife, the role of recycling in the community and how recycling promotes stewardship and responsibility to nature and wildlife.

Grant Applications for the 2022 school year will be available in August 2021.

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