COSTA MESA — The city's sanitary district was honored nationally for its program that teaches kids to recycle which, in turn, sends money to local schools.
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District received the 2011 Bronze Education Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Assn. of North America for its telephone book recycling program that gives schools money for saving the hefty books from the trash.
"We're very excited about [the award]," said district office manager Joan Revak, who coordinates and manages the recycling program. "We're very proud of our telephone book recycling program."
Revak with district board members Mike Scheafer and Jim Fitzpatrick will go to Nashville, Tenn., in August to accept their award at the Solid Waste Assn. of North America's national conference.
The district opened up its telephone book recycling program in 1996 to local schools to give them a chance to earn money and teach the students about the importance of recycling, Revak said.