Sunday, January 29, 2012

MASIS Recycling Program Begins

This past Saturday, January 28th, 2012, around 45 students, teachers, parents, and community volunteers joined the SF Rincon chapter to commence their school-wide recycling program by painting 16 (14-gallon) blue recycling bins, 7 (95-gallon) recycling bins, 4 (30 gallon) recycling bins, and a wooden corral.  These bins were purchased by the chapter from AMEC PR with funding from a grant provided by NOAA.  The municipality of Añasco is cooperating with the chapter and the school to service the bins weekly and the chapter will be charting how much plastic and aluminum the school is recycling throughout the semester.  Surf industry companies such as Roxy, FCS, Gorilla, Creatures of Leisure, Nixon, and Rip Curl have donated products to the program to provide to students throughout the semester.  In fact, students will be competing against homerooms to see how much each class can recycle throughout the semester and the winning class will receive cool prizes from those aforementioned companies and a pizza party provided by the chapter.  This is all great fun for an amazing cause. 

Jorge Seda Crespo was the other school selected in the area to participate in this program and this Saturday, February 4th, 2012, we will be holding their opening event at their school.  In the future, the chapter hopes to work with more schools along the west coast from Isabela to Parguera to strengthen the recycling efforts on the west coast.  If anyone is interested in volunteering for Saturday's event please email Wess at 

Contact Wessley Merten at 787-436-8300 or for more information on helping out in this coral reef restoration and marine debris removal and prevention effort.

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