Students Battle to Earn Cash Prizes as Third Annual Phone Book Recycling Program Begins

Emerson Elementary-Middle School Prepares to Defend Title

Hoping to improve upon last year’s nearly 10 tons of outdated telephone directories collected, the third annual AT&T Project ReDirectory phone book recycling campaign is underway with ten area schools participating. The campaign runs through March 30.

The program, a combined effort of Detroit Public Schools, Recycle Here!, Green Living Science, and AT&T, saw Emerson Elementary-Middle School collect 792 books last year and take home the first place prize of $500.

A total of 5,400 outdated directories, or 9.82 tons, was collected last year.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five schools, with $500 going to the school collecting the most directories, $400 for second place, $300 for third place, $200 for fourth place, and $100 for fifth place.

“I am very excited about this program and how it continues to improve each year,” said Alycia Meriweather, executive director of the Office of Science for Detroit Public Schools. “I appreciate AT&T making recycling accessible to our schools through this annual program. Our students know the importance of recycling, but the opportunity to recycle on a wide scale in the City of Detroit is still not a reality. For Detroit students to redirect 10 tons of expired phonebooks away from landfills, is an example of Detroiters making a difference, regardless of age. I fully expect there to be an even greater impact this year and encourage Detroit residents to support their schools and a “Greener Detroit” by dropping off old phonebooks at any of the participating locations.”

Recycle Here! has collection bins at these ten schools:

  • Bennett Elementary School, 2111 Mullane Street
  • Cody High School, 18445 Cathedral Street
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women, 9026 Woodward
  • Emerson Elementary-Middle School, 18240 Huntington Road
  • Mark Twain Elementary-Middle School, 12800 Visger Street
  • Maybury Elementary School, 4410 Porter Street
  • Murphy Elementary-Middle School, 23901 Fenkell Street
  • Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy, 11600 E. 7 Mile Road
  • Southeastern High School, 3030 Fairview Street
  • Western International High School, 1500 Scotten Street

In addition to dropping off outdated telephone directories, students are encouraged to recycle all other paper products by placing them in bins located at their school and provided by AT&T.

Directories can also be dropped off at any of the following Recycle Here! locations:

  • Main location, 1331 Holden Ave. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Eastern Market on the corner of Wilkins and Russell on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Indian Village at the Waldorf School parking lot (Charlevoix and Burns) on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Palmer Park at the swimming pool parking lot on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Rosedale Park at Christ the King Church, on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Creekside (Jefferson and Chalmers) on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Clark Park (Se Habla Español) the fourth Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We are very proud to once again be a part of this wonderful effort, and to continue partnering with Detroit Public Schools and AT&T,” said Matthew Naimi, director of operations, Recycle Here!  “By connecting the phone book and paper recycling program with the educational lessons provided by our new nonprofit partner, Green Living Science, students will not only learn about making responsible decisions for the environment, but will get to practice recycling in their own school.”

AT&T Real Yellow Pages directories are made from recycled paper waste and wood fiber waste such as sawdust and wood chips left over from lumber processing operations. Residents and businesses can call AT&T Project ReDirectory at 1-800-953-4400 for information about recycling outdated phone books in this community.

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