Northland Students Exceed Recycling Expectations

By KBJR News 1

May 12, 2011 Updated May 12, 2011 at 7:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Two Northland schools, more than 15,000 bottles and cans, one challenge, and $1500.

Congdon Elementary and Proctor High Schools were presented with checks today by the Conservation Minnesota Voter Center.

The center challenged students to collect bottles and cans as a way to raise awareness for the Recycling Refund Act, which is being discussed in the Minnesota legislature.

What they weren't prepared for was the student's response which, at Congdon Park, far surpassed expectations.

"After seven days of the drive, we had to stop it," Environmental Concerns Committe co-chair Renee Willemsen said. "Our initial goal was 500 cans, and we collected over 12,000 cans, so it's been an amazing response."

The schools were paid 10 cents per container, which is what they would be worth in Minnesota if the legislation were to pass.

Posted by Zach Schneider