The 2009 Telephone Book Recycling Contest hosted by Keep Blount Beautiful has begun and ends Feb. 27.
Schools in Blount County, Maryville City and Alcoa are participating. Sponsors include Domino’s Pizza, Blount County Litter Grant Program and Blount County Solid Waste Authority.
The sponsors will be providing services and funds for cash awards this year. The amount of the awards will vary. The goal is to reward each school that recycles one outdated directory per student enrolled with $50. An additional bonus is available for each ton of used directories collected.
The schools will be divided into two divisions: Division I will be schools with less than 600 students, Division II will be schools with more than 600 students. Domino’s Pizza will also be giving a free pizza party to the top school in each division. An award of $500 will be given to the overall school with the most directories per student enrolled.
To participate, check with a local school to see if they are collecting. Phonebooks also can be dropped at any area recycling center and credit can be given to the school of choice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the date of drop off and the number of directories recycled. The same information can be mailed to 377 Ellis Ave., Maryville TN 37804. All information must reach the Keep Blount Beautiful office by March 2.
More than 40,000 phone books were recycled in 2007 and $1,900 in prize money was donated by Keep Blount Beautiful to local schools. That’s equal to 20 tons of waste diverted from our local landfill and 340 trees conserved.
“The annual Telephone Book Recycling Contest helps us meet our state requirements for landfill waste reduction. It is also an excellent way to educate Blount County students about the importance of recycling,” said Sam Holloway, Blount County director of Solid Waste.