Crawford Co. teen starts ‘Punt Pollution’ initiative this football season


PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Football season this year at a school in Perry is greener than the stadium’s turf. It’s all thanks to one student who’s protecting the oceans during games–one plastic container at a time.

Trash cans below the Friday night lights at Westfield Academy in Perry aren’t your typical bins this season.

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“After the game or during the game, you place your plastic bottles in this barrel and at the end of the game we take them to the recycling center,” said student Jayden Childee.

Childee is a student at Westfield who started the ‘Punt Pollution’ initiative–and is making sure fans do just that.

“Every Friday night before home football games we make an announcement that says each year 8 million tons of plastic world wide end up in our oceans through rivers and streams,” said Childee.

This is the first school year Westfield is participating in the project. Teacher Robert Jones says the stands have never been cleaner.

“It’s so refreshing to see not only teenagers but adults also throw things in the trash when they need to, and it’s so nice to have to clean up less after a Friday night game,” said Jones.

He’s proud to see the next generation ready to end littering in the end zone.

“It’s encouraging to me to see those that are coming after me to take responsibility and take an interest in making sure their community is as safe and clean as it possibly can be,” Jones added.

With the support from faculty and students, Childee says she hopes to bring ‘Punt Pollution’ to more schools in Middle Georgia.

“As humans, we need to help do our part you know? I mean even if its just recycling here and there every little bit helps,” Childee said.

So every plastic container in the stands, on the field and at the games has its place–in one of Childee’s ‘Punt Pollution’ pods.

Westfield isn’t the only school riding the ‘Punt Pollution’ wave. Crawford County High School is also participating in it for the first time this year.