Jordan Huynh, a fifth grade student at Hawkins Elementary, celebrated the 45th annual Earth Day by being feted at a news conference for winning a design contest sponsored by Republic Services.

As the winner of the 2014-2015 Design a Truck Contest, Jordan had his recycling-themed design recreated on the side of a Republic Services recycling collection truck that will be seen throughout Toledo. This is the third time that Republic Services, the private waste collection provider for the City of Toledo, has partnered with Toledo Public Schools to host the contest.

Approximately 300 TPS students from kindergarten through eighth grade competed for the top prize by creating designs that show the importance of recycling. Each Republic recycling truck that picks up on Toledo streets features an image done by a TPS student, said Paul Rasmussion, Republic's senior manager of Area Municipal Services.

“It’s just a way of connecting to the community and it’s become something we really look forward to every year,” Mr. Rasmusson told The Blade.

Jordan’s Keep the Earth Clean design, with a purple background, includes images of a hungry recycling cart, a green recycling symbol and a null symbol filled with trash. It declares, “No More Landfills.”

At the news conference held on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22), Mr. Rasmussion said Jordan's design was chosen because the words and pictures were "all inclusive."

Jordan told the audience assembled for the news conference at Hawkins that he thinks recycling is important” and if “people recycle, there will be no more landfills.”

Jordan's class will be invited on a field trip to Republic's landfill to learn more about how waste is handled and how to reduce waste and sustain the Earth. In addition, Jordan received a one-year family membership to the Toledo Zoo and an iPad Mini.

Written on April 23, 2015