By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– At the January 19 Victorville City Council meeting, the winners of the 9th Annual Victorville Recycles Week (VRW) were recognized. Each year, Victorville Recycles Week is held during the first week of November. During VRW, Victorville schools participated in a variety of activities to earn points and compete for cash prizes. Individual students also could enter a recycled sculpture contest, poster contest, and photography contest. There is also a YouTube contest for schools.
Following is a list of the 2015 Victorville Recycles Week awards:
The winning poster and sculpture will be on display at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility for one year. The top points winning school has their name added to the perpetual trophy and gets to display the trophy at their school for the year.
Of special note is that Mt. View Montessori has been the top prize winner three times in the last five years—in 2011, 2014, and 2015.
Victorville Recycles Week was started in 2007 by the City of Victorville Recycling Program. The purpose of VRW is to call attention to the City’s recycling programs and to encourage residents to recycle more. The event is usually held during the first week of November, to coordinate with “America Recycles Day” which is held on November 15th of each year.
A major focus of the City’s efforts is to involve schools in the effort. Here are some highlights of this year’s VRW event in the Victorville schools:
- 18 schools signed up to participate, including 6 middle school/high schools
- 1,167 posters from 16 schools were entered in the poster contest
- 102 sculptures from 12 schools were entered in the recycled sculpture contest
- 80 in class presentations were made to about 3,000 students
- 25 school-wide assemblies were presented to about 6,132 students
- 8 schools participated in the City-wide Community Cleanup in October, lending 460 volunteers
- 8 schools signed up to go on Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) tours. A total of 9 tours will be given to more than 460 students
- 13 schools participated in the CRV Bottle and Can Recycling Contest
- In total, over 11,500 students participated in this year’s event.
It is estimated that over 66,500 students have participated in Victorville Recycles Week activities since the event started in 2007.
Each year, Victorville residents and businesses dispose of more than 70,000 tons of materials in the County’s Victorville Landfill at a cost of over $2.7 million. It is estimated that those 70,000 tons contain resources worth over $2 million if they were separated for recycling. By recycling more, city residents and businesses can cut waste disposal costs significantly, and can divert valuable materials back into the economy.
Victorville Recycles Week is sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries and the City of Victorville Recycling Program.
For more information on Victorville Recycles Week and how to recycle in Victorville, residents should call the City of Victorville Recycling Information Line at 760- 955-8615 or go to the City’s recycling information website at www.VictorvilleRecycles.com.