Northland schools seek votes for recycling

The kids and staff at Congdon Park Elementary School have taken a liking to recycling the past three years — and now the crew hopes to be rewarded for its efforts.

Vote at Paper Recycling Awards. The school is up for a $250 prize in the Fan Favorite category and can win $2,000 if it’s selected as the 2013 American Forest & Paper Association’s School Recycling Award recipient. Prize money goes to supporting continued green efforts at the school.

Since partnering with the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in 2010, Congdon has increased its recycling total — 40,075 in 2012 — and reduced the amount of garbage by practices that include having food waste converted to compost for use in the school’s edible garden.

Lake Superior College and North Shore Community School also are in the running. Voting ends Feb. 28.