Awards Given

Central Valley School Received Recycling Excellence Award

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Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator invited schools, churches, libraries, etc. across the KLBB area to participate in the Crayon Recycling Program during the 2015-2016 school year. Participants were given collection boxes and information about crayons being composed of paraffin wax which contains petroleum, a chemical that is toxic to our environment, and that decomposition of crayons can take decades, which are great reasons to keep them out of our landfills. Crayons were then collected after the school year ended and weighed electronically. In total 87 lbs 7 oz of crayons were collected for recycling or reuse purposes.

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Project Coordinator traveled to the Central Valley Elementary School in Scotia to present them with an Environmental Excellence Award in Recycling and some recycle craft books for their excellent environmental stewardship practices. Central Valley Elementary was one of sixteen schools who chose to participate in the Crayon Program and collected 12 lbs and 12 ounces of crayons. The collection of these crayons prevented them from entering our landfills and causing adverse reactions to our environment. All participants should be commended in their environmental kindness and encouraged to continue the great work during the 2016-2017 school year. In fact, Amy would like to challenge Central Valley to collect even more crayons this year.

All crayons collected are brought back to the KLBB Office, sorted into recycle facility boxes or reuse boxes. The reuse crayons are then distributed to daycares, hospitals, clinics, restaurants, etc that are in need or show interest. The recycle crayon boxes are then sent to Lake City, Colorado to a National Crayon Recycling Program where they are melted and used to create new handcrafted “Crazy Crayons” that can be formed into new shapes and sizes.

If you are interested in contributing to the Crayon Recycling Program there are many area schools that are collecting. To see if your school is on this years collection list or if you would like to add your school as a collection location please visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org to find the school participation list and the school registration form.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at info@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.

Burwell Elementary School Receives Crayon Recycling Award

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Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator invited schools, churches, libraries, etc. across the KLBB area to participate in the Crayon Recycling Program during the 2015-2016 school year. Participants were given collection boxes and information about crayons being composed of paraffin wax which contains petroleum, a chemical that is toxic to our environment, and that decomposition of crayons can take decades, which are great reasons to keep them out of our landfills. Crayons were then collected after the school year ended and weighed electronically. In total 87 lbs 7 oz of crayons were collected for recycling or reuse purposes.

On November 10, 2016, Amy Hughes, KLBB Project Coordinator, and Janet Sanders, KLBB Affiliate Director, visited Burwell Elementary School and presented them with a Crayon Recycling Award Certificate and some fun recycle craft books for all of their hard work and amazing environmental stewardship. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year the Kindergarten, 4th grade, 6th grade, and Art classes collected and turned in 40 pounds of crayons preventing them from having adverse effects on their environment. Darrin Max (Principal), Maureen Bird (Kindergarten), Kathy Curry (4th Grade), and Karen Anderson (Art) should be and are very proud of their students for doing and learning about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items that otherwise harm our livelihood. Amy Hughes challenged the 2016-2017 Kindergarten, 4th grade, 6th grade, and Art classes to surpass the 40 pounds and the challenge was received with determination in kid’s faces. Anyone who would like to help them in their collection goal and/or has crayons that they would like to get rid of is invited to drop them off at Burwell Elementary in the Office. We cannot wait to see how many pounds are collected this year!!

There are also many other area schools that are participating in the Crayon Recycling Program. To see if your school is on this years collection list or if you would like to add your school as a collection location please visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org to find the school participation list and the school registration form.

YOU DID IT!     Burwell Independent Oil Company

Burwell Independent Oil Company has been selected as the #1 recycling business in the Loup Basin Area for the month of October. Not only does Burwell Independent Oil Co. recycle cardboard, but they also recycle one quart and one gallon oil containers.  This requires extra effort by BIO employees because the containers have to be air dried and turned upside down for 72 hours. The containers have a number 2 inside a recycle symbol on the bottom, which means that they can be recycled into fence posts and lawn furniture. The containers are sent to Custer County Recycling with other plastics where they are sorted and sent to recycling centers by the semi-load.  Plastic takes 450 years to decompose, so it is vital to keep it out of our landfills.

Your recycling has helped keep our community clean and contributed to the recycling of cardboard and oil containers.  By recycling, you contribute to preserving the earth and all of its bounty.

Congratulations again to Burwell Independent Oil Company and all of your employees who assist with the recycling from the Loup Basin RC&D and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at info@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or follow them on Twitter @KeepLBBeautiful.  Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11, Burwell, Nebraska.

YOU DID IT!     Thoene Farm Service

Thoene PhotoCongratulations to Thoene Farm Service for being the # 1 cardboard recycling business in the Loup Basin area for the month of September. Your recycling has helped keep our community clean and contributed to the recycling of cardboard.  Cardboard goes to Hutchinson, KS, where it is made into more cardboard or Piliipsburg, KS, where it is made into Tamko shingles.  By recycling, you contribute to preserving the earth and all of its bounty.

Congratulations again to Hank, Fred, Marci, Sue, and all of your employees who assist with the recycling from the Loup Basin RC&D and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at info@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook.  Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11, Burwell, Nebraska.

Burwell Elementary 4th Grade students win Trash Rap Contest

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Trash on the ground
Trash on the ground
Take some time to look around
There’s trash on the ground
Trash on the ground
When you look down,
There’s trash on the ground……   All of the classes at Burwell Elementary School competed to see which class could say the entire Trash Rap with the most gusto and enthusiasm at the Longhorn Pride assembly on Nov. 7, 2014.

Mrs. Pam Helgoth, music teacher at BES, worked with the students during music class to help make the rap fun and entertaining.  The 4th grade came out victorious and was very excited to receive the trophy.  The lovely trophy was made completely from the recyclable products of aluminum and plastic and much glue.

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The contest was part of the Recycle-Bowl event that was being held at the Burwell Elementary School from Oct.20 to Nov. 14, 2014.  The Recycle-Bowl Competition is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.  Students brought recyclables to school every day that were sorted, weighed, and put in the recycle trailer by the Keep Loup Basin Beautiful staff.  During the last week of collecting, the students collected a whopping 900 pounds of recyclables.  The students and staff did an excellent job of bringing recyclables to the school to be recycled.  Over 2,808 pounds of plastic, paper, aluminum, and cardboard were collected over the four-week period which completely stuffed the recycle trailer.
The students and staff at BES all became more aware of the value of recycling because of the Recycle-Bowl activities.  They learned the important words reduce, reuse, recycle and aluminum, paper, and plastic.  Many other facts were learned through daily trivia questions and special activities in the 4th grade classroom and physical education classes.  The Keep Loup Basin Beautiful staff was very impressed by the willingness of the entire staff and BES students to participate in the Recycle-Bowl activities.  Thank you for a job well done and remember to keep recycling at home to do your part to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful(KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality(NDEQ) and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council, that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska and for more information about KLBB’s Education Programs, email KLBB at info@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org , visit http://www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org/ or like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/KeepLoupBasinBeautiful.   Contact the Loup Basin RC&D Office (308) 346-3393 or stop by the office at 807 H ST, Burwell, Nebraska.

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Winners of the America Recycles Day Contest

The students at District 70 in Garfield County were randomly chosen as the 2012 winners of the Keep Loup Basin Beautiful America Recycles Day contest.  Keep Loup Basin Beautiful presented

A short program focused on recycling to the school on November 30, 2012, and gave each of the students a  back pack filled with activity books, pencils, pens, rulers, book marks, car litter bags, and other items from Keep America Beautiful.

Their teacher, Mrs. Christen, entered the students by having them recite the America Recycles Day pledge to promote more recycling.  America Recycles Day, held each year on November 15, 2012, is focused on recycling events,education and programs throughout the nation.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D and provides environmental education to schools in nine counties in central Nebraska.  For more information about the program, call 308.346.3393 or e-mail info@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org

l-r:  Cash, Trent, Tristen, Jayna, Braiden, Chloe, and Hannah

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