Recycling program means school supplies for CPS

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CHICAGO (AP) — Some environmentally-minded Chicago students are about to be rewarded with school supplies.

CHICAGO (AP) — Some environmentally-minded Chicago students are about to be rewarded with school supplies.

Chicago Public Schools say 307 schools met or exceeded their recycling targets last semester. That means they’ll get school supplies through a partnership between the district and Office Depot.

The program promotes the recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum and milk cartons.

The district will get about $80,000 worth of school supplies, or roughly $260 for each school.

Schools are tracked on their recycling progress each week and the district compares it to a target based on each school’s enrollment.

Recycling rewards have been handed out since 2005.

About 405,000 students attend Chicago’s public schools, making it the nation’s third-largest school system.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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