The Cayman Islands Yellow Pages has collected more than 21,000 used phone directories through its annual Yellow2Green recycling program, organizers said.
Since the program’s inception more than five years ago, the Yellow2Green initiative has recycled more than 170,000 directories that otherwise may have ended up in the George Town landfill, the company said.
The company invited residents, businesses and schools to help gather old phone books in February and March.
As part of the Yellow2Green School Challenge this year, 15 primary schools competed to collect the most directories and win prizes.
“We were invited to talk to young students at their school general assemblies about recycling, and their enthusiasm was inspiring,” said Melanie Shambaugh, marketing manager for Yellow Pages.
“This week, the top three participating primary schools, which collected the most directories, per student enrolled, will be awarded cash prizes,” she said.
The $1,500 grand prize recipient was the Truth For Youth School. In second place was North Side Primary, which won prizes worth $1,000. Triple C was in third place, winning $700.
Cayman Prep collected the most directories – 3,561.
Additional prizes included a Subway sandwich party for the class collecting the most directories at each school, and Books & Books gift certificates for the five students who individually collected the most directories across the Yellow2Green School Challenge.
Truth For Youth’s Sashalee Taylor, North Side Primary’s Jaydon Dilbert, Savannah Primary’s Mia Groves, Cayman Prep’s Jonathan Scott and Arianna Watler of First Baptist were the recipients of the Books & Books prizes.
“We are thankful to each and every school faculty member, parent and student for their support around this community effort,” Ms. Shambaugh said in a press release.
The collected directories have arrived in Tampa, Florida, via Thompson Tropical Shipping, she said, where they are set to be recycled into natural fiber insulation by GreenFiber, a natural fiber manufacturer.