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Agassiz Elementary School receives Green-T Award for Best Recycling Program Promotion

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Source: Lake View Patch 


Chicago school recognized by USAgain, a local textile recycling company


WEST CHICAGO, IL- USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, has announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Agassiz Elementary School, recipient of the award for Best Recycling Program Promotion, was one of the 15 award winners.

The Green-T awards are to recognize and reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. The awards were presented Oct. 7 at the Green-T Awards ceremony where Mira Weber, School Principal, and, Ian Overway, Green-Team leader and Reading Specialist/Coach, accepted the award on behalf of the school.

The school’s Green Team is very active in sustainability programs and lead environmentally conscious efforts when it comes to food sharing, neighborhood litter collection, school-wide composting and textile recycling. Since partnering with USAgain in 2010, Agassiz Elementary School has recycled more than 28,000 pounds of clothes and shoes.

In honor of Earth Day, the school created a “Mountain of Clothing” to illustrate the need for textile recycling. The Green Team members are true recycling ambassadors and role models for their peers.

“At Agassiz everyone is part of the Green Team; administrators, teachers, food service, custodians and of course the students are the most important, “ said Ian Overway, Agassiz’s Recycling Specialist/Coach. “Agassiz recycling program reaches beyond the school walls. Community members can bring in their recyclables such as textiles, batteries and ink cartridges and divert waste from landfills.”

By recycling 27,000 pounds of textiles, the team prevented more than 188,200 pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere; they also saved more than 37 million gallons of water through their commitment to recycling. The Agassiz Elementary School serves as a role model for schools in Illinois and across the country.

“Students and young adults play such an important role in protecting the environment and we are thrilled to see them spread the message about textile recycling,” CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. “The Agassiz Elementary School recycles an incredible amount of textiles every year. We congratulate them on this feat and hope the students continue to recycle throughout their lives.”

Other recipients of USAgain’s Green-T Awards include Downers Grove Park District, Hanover Township, Chicago Sky and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For a full list of award recipients, visit

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