HONOLULU - Seven Maui County schools are collecting old phone books in the Think Yellow, Go Green annual telephone directory recycling program, which runs through May 25.
Kamali'i Elementary, Kula Elementary, Kalama Intermediate and Montessori Hale O'Keiki schools on Maui; Kualapuu and Maunaloa elementary schools on Molokai; and Lanai High & Elementary will compete to recycle the most telephone directories and to win cash prizes.
Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages is running the program in conjunction with its sales agent, The Berry Co.
Last year, schools collected 64 tons of phone directories on the Neighbor Islands.
Award amounts vary depending on where the school is located and the amount of directories recycled at that school. Schools on Kauai, Hawaii and Maui that collect the most directories per student will be awarded a cash prize of $800 for first place, $600 for second place, $400 for third place, $300 for fourth place and $200 for fifth place.
The top schools on Molokai have the opportunity to collect $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.
The schools on Lanai will be awarded $350 for participation in this year's program.
After the close of the contest May 25, the telephone directories will be shipped to Oahu to be recycled. Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages contain 40 percent post-consumer materials and are 100 percent recyclable.
For more information about the recycling program, go to ThinkYellowGoGreen.com.
Also during this period, Ruby Tuesdays, Hard Rock Cafe and NAPA Auto Parts store will be collecting food for the Maui Food Bank.