October 2015
Youth Matters

Pals: Waste Less – Recycle More


Autaugaville Elementary kicks off the school year by partnering with Alabama PALS Clean Campus Program.

Autaugaville Elementary is kicking off this school year by partnering with Alabama PALS’ Clean Campus Program! The school has already been participating in a new countywide recycling program and has contributed several tons of material to be recycled. Each year we will look forward to seeing this number grow as the students and faculty reduce waste and recycle more!

The students were very attentive as Autauga County’s Solid Waste Officer John Paul O’Driscoll informed them about exactly where their recycled materials go. After being sorted at the Correctional Facility, the materials are baled and sold to paper mills and plastic manufacturers. Many of the materials stay right here in Alabama and get a new life as a new product instead of ending up in a landfill.

After O’Driscoll did his report to the students, I gave my presentation on the lifecycle of a piece of trash. They learned that a plastic bottle can end up in a landfill, at a recycling facility or as a piece of litter. We discussed how long it takes a plastic bottle to biodegrade on its own and how littering is the worst possible outcome for a piece of trash. Autaugaville’s Principal Lesia Robinson also spoke and encouraged the children to continue their good work with their recycling program.

Great work on Autaugaville Elementary for their commitment to being a Clean Campus School!

If you think a school near you would be interested in joining the Clean Campus Program or might like to have me present the 30-minute program on keeping Alabama more beautiful, just have them give me a call at 334-263-7737 or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.