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Recycling Club Cleans up at Pearl River High School

Pearl River High School students and staff recently picked up 1,243 pounds of recycled materials as part of a national competition connected to Keep America Beautiful.

The contest results will not be available until February, but the Pearl River Recycling Club made a presentation about its results to the Pearl River School District Board of Education Tuesday.

"It was a huge success," said sophomore Sarah Bertussi, who spoke for the club. "We want to thank the students and staff for drastically increasing the recyclables we collect. It was a phenomenal step in improving the recycling systems at the high school."

Bertussi is in her third year with the 10-member club, which collects recycled materials every Friday at the high school. 

"You do a lot of work for 10 members," said Pearl River Superintendent Dr. John Morgano.

Bertussi said in addition to recycling paper and plastic, the club started collecting bottles and bringing them to ShopRite of Pearl River for the five cent deposit.

"So far we have collected $362.40, which we put toward replenishing our own supplies and improving recycling systems at the high school," Bertussi said. "The recycling club's objective is to collect, sort and appropriately deposit recyclables generated by the high school."

"We appreciate what you do for the environment," School Board Member Tom DePrisco said. 

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