Groups compete for recyclables
If residents have any paper to recycle, now's the time to drop it off at local Abitibi recycling bins.
Abitibi, an international recycling company that serves the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is running its annual Great Paper Drive.
Churches, organizations and schools that have recycling bins are eligible for the contest. Tonganoxie elementary and junior high schools and Tonganoxie Christian Church are competing against other groups in the Kansas City metro area.
Paper collected in March and April will be eligible for the contest. The church, organization or school that collects the most weight in paper will be the champion.
Because all three Tonganoxie sites have multiple bins, they will compete in the category of accounts with two or more paper retriever bins. The top collectors in that category will be awarded $1,000; second place, $800; and third place, $600.
¢Tonganoxie Elementary School
¢Tonganoxie Junior High
300 E. U.S. Highway 24-40
¢Tonganoxie Christian Church
204 Washington St.
¢Holy Angels Catholic Church
15438 Leavenworth Rd.
¢Lansing Intermediate School
300 E. Olive
¢Lansing Middle School
509 W. Ida St.
¢Lansing Educational Achievement Program
¢Lansing United Methodist Church
107 E. Kay St.
¢Wallula Christian Church
23785 139th St.
Accounts with one paper retriever will compete in a separate contest. Those accounts will compete in four sub-categories: private schools, public schools, places of worship and all others. The top placers in each category will receive $500, second will win $300 and third $200.
Patty Yeradi, Abitibi recycling representative, said the Kansas City metro area has about 500 accounts overall. Last year, First United Methodist Church of Independence, Mo., won the multiple-bin category.
In Tonganoxie, the elementary school has the most bins with four.
Yeradi said she wanted to speak with school officials about adding a fifth bin because of the volume the school receives.
"They are one of our best accounts in the Kansas City metro area," Yeradi said of the elementary school.
Yeradi said winners likely would be announced in early May.