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Emerson students help city launch pilot recycling program

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 4:29 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – After two years of hard work by Emerson Elementary students, Elmhurst is rolling out a pilot recycling program by putting six recycling cans in Elmhurst City Centre.

Acceptable items for recycling in the cans include glass, paper, aluminum and all plastics except for No. 6, which is polystyrene foam, according to a city news release.

The Earth Ambassadors, a conservation club comprised of first- through fifth-graders and led by first-grade teacher Caryl Witt, began discussions with the city in 2012, the release said.

Because of the Earth Ambassadors’ initiative, the city invited students to educate the public about recycling during the installation process. Students competed in a poster contest, and the winning designs were posted in City Centre store windows.

To view an original video created by Emerson students, visit

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