Photo of Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and students of Trenton Catholic Academy
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HAMILTON, N.J.—Bearing words of praise and tickets to the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes spoke at Trenton Catholic Academy today to congratulate the winners of the 2006 Drive To Recycle contest. 

“The Drive To Recycle goes to show that practicing good habits can make a big impact on the environment,” began Hughes.  Stressing the importance of community activism, the County Executive encouraged all participating students to continue the challenge throughout the year, this time with the incentive of making as positive an impact as possible on Mercer County’s environment.  “Change begins with all of you,” Hughes said.  “Use the wonderful energy you’ve shown in this year’s contest to bring your communities up to speed with their recycling practices.”

At the beginning of February, the Mercer County Improvement Authority provided special recycling collection bags to several area schools.  Students organized into groups by grade level and competed to see who could collect the most recyclable materials during the month of February.  Incentive to win came in the form of tickets to the NCAA Round 1 and 2 Finals at Sovereign Bank Arena, which Hughes presented to the winning student group this morning.

The contest ran from February 6 through March 6, and garnered participation from five Mercer County schools.  Students from Lawrence High School, Notre Dame High School, Princeton Day School, Princeton High School, and Trenton Catholic Academy all faced off to see who could bag the most bottles and cans in the least amount of time.  To top the competition, Trenton Catholic Academy students collected recyclables at the rate of one large bag per day.