Johnston Elementary Wins Chamber’s Elementary School Recycling Competition!

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green & Education Committees co-sponsored a two-day Plastic Bag Recycling Competition in partnership with Waste Management between twelve of Cherokee County’s Elementary Schools who collected over 167,000 plastic bags.  Johnston Elementary collected an amazing 22,408 bags during the two-day event which brought them to a phenomenal 38.57 bags/student.  Congratulations to the students at Johnston for winning the competition!

The winning homeroom from each elementary school was also presented with gifts provided by Chamber Member restaurants including Chick-fil-A: Canton Riverstone, Canton Marketplace, Woodstock Dwarf House, and Towne Lake; Frosty Frog Creamery & Café; IHOP of Woodstock; Kona Ice of Cherokee; and Shane’s Rib Shack: Holly Springs & Hickory Flat. Congratulations to the following teachers and homerooms for collecting the most plastic bags within their respective elementary schools: Ms. Murnan’s 5th grade class of Bascomb ES, Ms. Lussier’s 4th grade class of Boston ES, Ms. Mendenhall’s 1st grade class of Clark Creek ES, Ms. Fowler’s Kindergarten class of Free Home ES, Ms. Carroll’s 5th grade class of Hickory Flat ES, Ms. Scanlon’s Kindergarten class of Johnston ES, Ms. Fisher’s 5th grade class of Knox ES, Ms. Collins’ 4th grade class of Little River ES, Ms. Fann’s 3rd grade class of Macedonia ES, Ms. Sullivan’s 5th grade class of Mountain Road ES, Ms. Barker’s Pre-K class of RM Moore ES, & Ms. Spain’s 5th grade class of Sixes ES.

Through a grant from Waste Management, the Chamber was able to fund this elementary school recycling initiative.  The grant monies were used to purchase a bench for the winning school made from recycled plastics along with an attached plaque, which recognizes the school as the winner of the 2019 ES Recycling Competition sponsored by Waste Management and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

Through further partnership, thousands of plastic bags were donated to MUST Ministries, Never Alone Food Pantry, Encompass Ministries – Papa’s Pantry, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank, who will use them to support their ongoing projects.  These local food banks, along with local Chamber Member Little River United Methodist Church, donated their cargo vehicles and time towards the project on bag collection day.  Once the food banks filled their supply rooms, the remainder of the bags were baled for recycling through partnership with many Chamber Member grocery stores. Special thanks to the Holly Springs Walmart, Macedonia Kroger, Prominence Point Publix, & Centre at Woodstock Publix!

Going Green Committee Chairman Andrew Richard, CEO of Qwik Charge, presenting grand prize to Principal Laura Akers of Johnston Elementary.


Plaque displayed on awarded bench constructed from recycled plastics.