California K-12 recycling challenge  to begin in February

Keep California Beautiful (KCB), the PaperSeed Foundation, and their partners are pleased to announce the 2019 K-12 Recycling Challenge is accepting registrations until January 31.

The K-12 Recycling Challenge promotes and encourages recycling in all California K-12 schools, and will run for the month of February. The challenge asks students, teachers and school staff to recycle the most material during a one-month period and report their totals, verified by receipts from their recycling hauler. All California public, private and charter schools are eligible to compete for cash prizes totaling more than $38,000 by registering at www.greencaschools.org and easily entering data into the simple online system.

Last October, the K-12 Recycling Challenge was awarded the prestigious BUILD International 2018 Recycling and Waste Management Award.

Five cash awards will be given for each of the 18 categories designed to target eight recyclable items. First place schools will receive $1,000; second place, $600; third place, $350; fourth place, $200; fifth place, $100.

The only school program in the state promoting California’s goal of reaching a diversion rate of 75% from our landfills by 2020, the K-12 Recycling Challenge is endorsed by CalRecycle, the California Refuse Recycling Council, the California Resource Recovery Association, and Keep America Beautiful. It is supported by various corporate donations from sponsors like the American Chemistry Council, the Carton Council, and Metropolitan Recycling LLC. ■