Planet News — Planet News Mar-Apr 2012
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Tom Grosh Receives Certificate Of Merit Award

Three years ago, Tom Grosh, owner of Maryland-based Grosh’s Lawn Service, came up with the idea to have the students in the Washington County School system collect and recycle used phone books to keep those books out of the waste stream. He met with the Washington County Recycling Coordinator at that time, and they agreed to hold a contest in conjunction with Earth Day.

For the first two years of the contest, Grosh’s Lawn Service was the only sponsor. With Grosh’s help, two more sponsors were added last year. The contest has quickly grown. In 2011, more than 9,700 phone books were collected by 13 participating Washington County Public Schools. These efforts help save 62 trees, 233 gallons of oil, 153 gallons of gas, and 11 cubic yards of landfill space.

On Jan. 31, 2012, Grosh received a Certificate of Merit Award from the Washington County Commissioners by Commissioner President Terry Baker. He was also awarded Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline’s “Washington County Lapel Pin” which was a great honor.