Posted Date: 05/19/2022
Earlier this spring, 95 students in grades K-7 participated in the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority (HRRA) Recycling Billboard Contest. The theme this year was “Recycle Your Food Scraps! Compost.” The HRRA is a regional, governmental, waste management and recycling authority serving fourteen municipalities in western Connecticut and a population of over 258,098 people. HRRA municipalities include: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Weston and Wilton.
Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients, and mitigating the impact of droughts. Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants. Anything that grows decomposes eventually. The resulting decomposed matter, which often ends up looking like fertile garden soil, is called compost. Fondly referred to by farmers as “black gold,” compost is rich in nutrients and can be used for gardening, horticulture, and agriculture.
On Thursday, April 28th, HRRA hosted their virtual regional awards ceremony and six Wilton students placed at the regional level! First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice was on the zoom call to congratulate each winner. Our six regional winners’ artwork will be displayed at Town Hall.
All students who placed at the town level will be recognized with a place ribbon. Regional 1st place winners received a certificate and prize money from HRRA..
1st - Emie Ferguson - Regional Honorable Mention
1st - Rafferty Smith - Regional 1st Place
2nd - Caroline Flick
3rd - Cecilia McNeal
1st - Disha Avadhani - Regional 2nd Place
2nd - Arnav Vasamsetty
3rd - Maddie Ferguson
1st - Alexandra Zaharatos
2nd - Kayla Yovine
3rd - Sean Morelli
1st - Julia Zubarev - Regional 2nd Place
2nd - Sara Kozikowski
3rd - Ava DiDonato
1st - Alexander Doughman
2nd - Avery Galligan
3rd - Anakiel Bumagat
1st - Alyssa Bi - Regional 1st Place
1st - Shruti Kothandaraman - Regional 3rd Place
2nd - Leo Capener