Iqaluit students recycle more than 500 directories to raise money for school environmental program

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

IQALUIT, NU - Students from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit have been rewarded for their hard work after collecting 515 directories for recycling as part of Northwestel’s annual Directory Recycling Program in Nunavut.

For their collection efforts, Inuksuk students were recently awarded $300 by Northwestel at a special presentation. The students plan to use the funds towards activities for the school’s ‘green club’ environmental program.

“Every year, the effort demonstrated by students in each of these participating schools is wonderful to see,” said Bertrand Poisson, Northwestel General Manager for Nunavut. “By diverting these directories from the landfill, these students are showing their commitment to building a greener tomorrow and Northwestel is proud to celebrate and reward their success.”

City of Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern and Northwestel’s Bert Poisson awarded students from Inuksuk High School $300 for their efforts in this year's annual Directory Recycling Program.

This is the sixth year that schools from Nunavut have participated in the program. The total number of directories collected this year was 734 – roughly 1.5 directories per participating student. École des Trois-Soleils in Iqaluit was the only other Nunavut-based school to take part.

The Northwestel Directory Recycling Program is held annually to invest in Northern communities while also helping meet and promote environmentally-friendly standards across the North. Since 2002, more than 175,000 directories have been collected and recycled by students across the Yukon, Northern BC, Iqaluit and the Northwest Territories.