Efforts by Anne Arundel County's 120 public schools to recycle and teach the value of recycling are to be recognized this afternoon.
Maryland Recyclers Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group including local governments and private industry, is giving the school system its "Outstanding Environment and Community Leadership" award during the state's fifth annual Recycling Conference in Baltimore.
The school system began recycling four years ago and now diverts more than 40 percent of its trash, including polystyrene plates and cups, cardboard, office paper and aluminum cans, from the county landfill. It also incorporates recycling education in the classroom starting in kindergarten.
Five other recycling programs also are to be recognized, including the Nevamar Corp. in Odenton, which is to receive an honorable mention for "Outstanding Corporate Leadership." The manufacturer of decorative surface materials has started a program to reduce the amount of waste generated by its factory.