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HONOLULU - Kauai residents helped local schools collect more than 40,000 outdated phone directories for Verizon Hawaii's recycling contest.
Verizon Kauai manager Gary Heu will present first-place prizes of $1,000 each to Wilcox Elementary School of Lihue for the most books collected and to St. Theresa of Kekaha for the most books collected per student. Wilcox Elementary with 952 students collected nearly 9,500 books and St. Theresa with 132 students collected more than 3,000. Both schools also received a $100 gift certificate to Big Save Value Center, which donated $600 in gift certificates to the contest.
"The recycling contest helps future generations to understand the benefits of recycling and encourages the community to raise funds for Kauai schools," said Heu. "It's truly a win-win situation."
Heu also expressed appreciation to Garden Isle Disposal, Big Save Value Centers and the Kauai community for their assistance in the recycling effort.
Other winning schools that received cash prizes and/or Big Save Value gift certificates are: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, Eleele Elementary, Kalaheo Elementary, Kapaa Elementary, Kapaa Middle School, Kauai High School, King Kaumualii Elementary, Kilauea Elementary, Koloa Elementary and St. Catherine's Elementary / Intermediate School.
Through this contest, nearly 102,000 books, which is equivalent to about 867 trees, were collected for recycling. Books collected from Maui, Kauai and the Big Island were shipped to a paper mill in Washington State where they will be recycled into new directories. Books from Molokai and Lanai were recycled into animal bedding by Lanai Waste.
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 132.1 million access line equivalents and 29.4 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with more than $67 billion in annual revenues and approximately 247,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.