2010-03-21 / News

Contest for Chesaning teens to promote recycling on YouTube.com

By Jeanne Marcello Staff Reporter

CHESANING – In an effort to increase recycling awareness and participation in Chesaning Township and the Village of Chesaning, the Chesaning Township Board and Village Council are working together to get high school students involved.

During the March 4 Chesaning Township Board meeting, Township Clerk Sue Emmendorfer suggested a contest where Chesaning High School students would create videos promoting recycling for YouTube.com. She also suggested the board contribute money toward a scholarship for the winner. According to Emmendorfer, the funds for the prize could be used from the recycling budget, since the township would be paying for a service promoting recycling, which in turn saves property owners money.

“The idea is to garner more recycling,” she said. Emmendorfer also suggested that the Village be invited to join them in the contest. She asked that they approve the use of $250 from the recycling budget for a scholarship for the winner. The township board approved the request, but added that they would like to partner with the Village of Chesaning in the project. They would match the prize money approved by the Village Council.

During the March 16, the Chesaning Village Council listened as Councilman Mike Cicalo proposed the contest with the $250 match in prize money. The Village Council also approved.

Emmendorfer and Cicalo expect to be working with Chesaning High School teacher Jason Woodworth to put the YouTube video contest into motion.

In related news, the Chesaning Village Council discussed the desire for more recycling in the community, yet the frustration that businesses cannot participate in recycling. There was also some frustration at the lack of recycling at Chesaning High School. Council members had observed an overflowing amount of water and G2 bottles at a school event. Cicalo stated that there is presently only a market for #1 and #2 plastics. He believes the water bottles are #5 plastic.

Sedlar expressed concerned that if students aren’t recycling at school, they won’t be passing on good recycling habits on at home. “How are kids going to educate parents when kids aren’t recycling at school?” he asked.

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