Damascus Elementary seeks fourth phone books recycling victory

Poland North Elementary and William Holmes McGuffey Elementary will attempt to unseat three-time and defending champion Damascus Elementary of the West Branch School District as these schools participate in the fourth annual YP Project ReDirectory phone book recycling campaign which is under way and runs through April 30.

Damascus Elementary collected 2.4 tons of phone books and earned the top prize of $500 last year. A total of 5.6 tons was collected during the 2012 school challenge.

Prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to the top three schools by YP, the local search, media and advertising company which offers the Mahoning County YP Real Yellow PagesSM, the YP.comSM site, and the YPSM app. The school collecting the most outdated phone books will receive $500, followed by $300 for second place, and $200 for third place.

YP and the Mahoning County Green Team are working together on the 2013 school challenge. The Green Team will be providing the recycling containers and recycling services. YP is providing the cash prizes.

Lou Vega, Mahoning County Green Team interim director is looking forward to another great year.

“YP Project ReDirectory has proven to be a great way to spread knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling,” said Vega. “The students are excited to share their environmental lessons and competitive energy with their families and neighbors by involving them in the collection of outdated phone books. The Mahoning County Green Team is happy to be a part of this program for the fourth consecutive year.”

Mahoning County residents can bring outdated phone books to the collection bins located outside any of these three schools:

– Damascus Elementary, 14405 Pricetown Road, Salem

– Poland North Elementary, 361 Johnston Place, Poland

– William Holmes McGuffey Elementary, 310 S. Shenley Avenue, Youngstown

“YP Real Yellow PagesSM directories are 100 percent recyclable, and can be turned into a number of other products such as home insulation, drywall, cereal boxes, animal bedding, and more.

“YP’s award-winning Project ReDirectory program demonstrates our strong support toward environmental sustainability,” said Amy Healy, vice president-public policy and external affairs. “Our participation in local school challenges such as this one in Mahoning County also helps demonstrate our commitment to the communities we serve and is consistent with our mission of helping local businesses and communities grow.”

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