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There has been a ton of good work being done around the North Central Texas Region when it comes to recycling and we would like to applaud and feature those good deeds to inspire others to do the same. Here are several case studies, feature stories, and general information about what's going on in the North Central Texas recycling scene.

Recycling Around the Region

University of Texas at Arlington Sustainable Composting Program

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the City of Arlington combined their resources and sustainability visions to expand the UTA composting program. John Darling, part of UTA Facilities Management with the Grounds Department staff, has been composting on campus since its inception.

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Greenest Universities

Greenest Universities in the United States

39 U.S. colleges and universities have shown dedication to advancing environmental initiatives. They have earned the highest STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) ratings, thereby distinguishing themselves as the nation’s greenest schools. For more information and to review the list of winners, their impactful initiatives, and the ranking methodology click 'Read More'.

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Prescription Drug Take Back

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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Kids Art Contest

Art Contest

How Do You Take Care of Texas?

The TCEQ and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invited K-5 students in Texas to submit their artwork of how they, along with their friends and family, help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. The contest began January 5, 2015 and concluded March 6, 2015.

The grandprize winner received a Samsung laptop, and 15 students won a Samsung tablet. One lucky teacher of one of the 16 winners was also randomly selected to win a Samsung tablet.

The grand Prize winner is Ava White from Frisco Texas!

Kids Art Contest Winning Image

For more details about the competition, visit www.takecareoftexas.org/kids/art-contest-winners .

Be Featured in the Spotlight!

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) would like your school or school district to share stories about projects conducted by your students and/or teachers which focus on the importance of environmental issues concerning source reduction, recycling, reuse, composting, and solid waste management. The story and picture(s) submitted will be featured as a spotlight story on the TimeToRecycle.com website under “Recycling Around the Region.”  This invitation is extended to any school, school district, municipality, or other non-profit organization within the following counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.

Listed below are a few examples of projects you may have conducted and wish to share (no matter how large or small):

  • Develop a new or expand a current recycling program in your school or district.
  • Develop recycling education and training brochures, websites or kiosks for students and faculty.
  • Promote “Buy Recycled” office supplies district wide.
  • Develop a school or district wide composting program from cafeteria food scraps which will reduce frequency of solid waste service days (lowering your solid waste fees) as well as diverting items away from the landfill. Utilizing this compost as fertilizer where needed throughout the district will also reduce costs as there would be no need to purchase fertilizer.
  • Develop a district wide, yard waste recycling program by mulching wood waste collected from school property and utilizing the finished product where needed.
  • Develop a program that reuses or recycles old furniture or building materials once used by the district.

Submit your article (no more than 500 words) and picture(s) to Soria Adibi, Environmental Planner at sadibi@nctcog.org. Teachers, please note that NCTCOG will assume that a form giving CONSENT TO PUBLISH PHOTOGRAPHS OF STUDENT(S) has been properly signed by parents giving each student permission to have his or her picture published on the NCTCOG’s Time to Recycle website.