Chesapeake, VA, April 21, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Virginia Beach City Public Schools is a recipient of the 2007 Virginia Recycling Association Award for Excellence in the Government/Nonprofit category. Awarded by the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA), the school division was nominated by Tidewater Fibre Corp (TFC Recycling) for its commitment to recycling and innovative and quality recycling programs.
Recycling an average of 123 tons of material per month, the school division’s expanded recycling program catapulted into full force in September 2006. Each of the school division’s 4,500 classrooms is equipped with a recycling bin used for disposal of paper products, aluminum and steel, plastics, and glass. These bins are collected daily by 719 custodians working morning, afternoon, and evening hours in the school division’s 87 schools and office buildings.
“TFC Recycling helped the school division expand our existing recycling program by arranging a flexible pick-up schedule to accommodate the tremendous amount of recyclable material that is generated in our schools every day,” said John Kalocay, assistant superintendent for administrative support services. “It is gratifying to know that Virginia Beach City Public Schools has been recognized as a leader in Virginia for making a positive contribution to our environment through its recycling efforts, while setting a positive example to our students and staff.”
“The Virginia Beach City Public Schools are to be congratulated for their tremendous efforts in recycling. Their leadership and teamwork have encouraged many other school systems to take a good look at recycling and environmental education. We applaud their hard work. Each student, teacher, custodial team member, and administrator is an essential part of the “Green Team” and each contributes to the success of the whole program,” said Michael Benedetto, Vice President and Owner of TFC Recycling.
In addition to recycling products from the classroom, the school division is a champion of recycling office supplies such as printer cartridges, lightbulbs, and cafeteria products to include plastic milk containers referred to as “chugs”. Between 700,000 to 800,000 chugs are recycled each month.
The 2007 Virginia Recycling Association Award for Excellence will be presented to school division staff during the VRA’s 2007 Conference Awards Luncheon on May 2, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Woodlands Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.
About TFC Recycling
In 1897 the Benedetto family began collecting rags, newspaper, and trash in New York City with a pushcart. Three generations later, Joseph A Benedetto, Jr. decided to leave the family business and formed TFC Recycling in 1973 in Chesapeake, Virginia. With minimal capital investment and only a handful of employees, TFC set out to establish itself as a leader in the recycling and solid waste industry.
Today, TFC uses cutting edge technology to process the recyclable materials it collects and receives from businesses and residents throughout Virginia and North Carolina. TFC pioneered the first automated Material Recovery Facility (MRF) on the United States East Coast and continues to revolutionize the recycling industry through its use of single stream technology. Single stream technology allows for ease of recycling collection and processing, which encourages high resident participation and reduces the resident's overall waste disposal stream.
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