Fifth Graders Win Recycling Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017-2018 Washtenaw County Recycling Education Challenge!

Pictured from left to right: Bryan Weinert (Recycle Ann Arbor), Joe Kohn (Advanced Disposal), Katy Adams (Ecology Center), Jon Tulman (Washtenaw County Solid Waste Department), Kendall MacNaughton (award winner), Charlie VanHaaften (award winner), Carolyn Kwon (award winner), Michelle Kraft (Heritage School teacher) and Laura Washington (Heritage School principal)


Fourteen area public schools were invited to participate in the challenge, and three fifth-grade students from Heritage School in Saline produced an educational video to earn this year’s prize. Watch Carolyn Kwon, Kendall MacNaughton, and Charlie VanHaaften share strategies to minimize waste and recycle effectively:

In a brief ceremony on August 27, the students each received a certificate and personal recycling bin, and their school received $500 to support ongoing sustainability efforts. Representatives from sponsoring partners were there to congratulate and thank the students for their recycling leadership.

The Washtenaw County School Recycling and Education Program is a truly collaborative effort. The Ecology Center coordinates recycling education with schools. Recycle Ann Arbor provides recycling curbside cart service pickup. Advanced Disposal provides cardboard dumpster recycling pickup at schools and donated the $500 award money. The Washtenaw County Solid Waste Department financially supports and oversees school recycling program.

Kendall, Charlie, and Carolyn are moving to Saline Middle School for the 2018-2019 academic year, and we look forward to supporting them as creative recycling leaders in their new school.

This year, the Washtenaw County school recycling program has grown to 22 schools. We are launching a new challenge for fall 2018 and will celebrate winners on November 15, America Recycles Day.


Published on September 10, 2018