Holiday Wrap-up

TAYLOR — A school in Lackawanna County is trying to cut back on holiday garbage by hosting its annual “Holiday Wrap-up.”

The principal along with teachers at Riverside Elementary West put together a collection at the school after Christmas and Hanukkah.

Its goal was to collect as much leftover garbage from unwrapped gifts and send it to a local recycling center.

Families who brought their bags of paper and boxes said it’s important to teach kids the importance of cutting back on waste and recycling because every little bit helps.

“We’re a green school, so this kind of puts it all together, and we help out our community by taking things in. We’re keeping things out of the landfill, and it’s just another green initiative that our kids are involved in and our school members are involved in,” said Paul Brennan, the principal.

Last year’s holiday wrap-up collected enough garbage to fill a trailer.

Organizers hope to fill the truck once again this year.

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