RETURNING CHAMPS WIN SECOND ANNUAL MAINE RECYCLES CHAMPIONSHIP | Community Spirit

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RETURNING CHAMPS WIN SECOND ANNUAL MAINE RECYCLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Since early March sixty local schools have been competing to collect and "CLYNK" the most bottles and cans (per enrolled student) during the second annual "Maine Recycles Championship." Students across the state raised over $29,000 in cash and prize money and recycled more than 400,000 containers.

That's like saving the emissions equivalent of driving a car 76,379 miles!

The contest was sponsored by CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, and Hannaford Supermarkets.

Representatives from CLYNK will present the award checks and plaques to the winning schools this month.

The Lincoln Academy Climate Action Club in Newcastle won the grand prize of $2,000 for the first tier category (400 students or more) for the second year in a row, recycling 11,000 more containers than last year. Crossroads Christian School in Morrill was the grand-prize winner in the second tier (fewer than 400 students), also for the second year running.

"We're going to use the prize money to continue the project we started last year-- putting solar panels on the school roof," said Charlie Scimone, a science teacher at Lincoln Academy and the advisor to the Climate Action Club. "The whole Lincoln Academy community worked very hard this year, and it feels great to reap the benefits."

The other first-tier winners were Great Salt Bay Community School in Darmiscotta ($1,000 for second place) and Mallett School in Farmington ($500 for third place). In the second tier, Cliff Island School was awarded second place and $1,000, and The Riley School in Rockport Township came in third and received $500. A complete list of school standings and the environmental impact of their recycling is available at www.clynk.com/championship.

Clayton Kyle, CEO of CLYNK, was pleased to see the Maine Recycles Championship grow. "We're glad to increase recycling awareness among students while also helping schools raise some extra money in this difficult budget environment," said Kyle.

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