The California K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge is an annual statewide program to generate enthusiasm for recycling and promote a healthy competition between schools and recycling coordinators.
Overall Goals for California K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge:
1. Have a fair and friendly recycling competition.
2. Increase recycling participation by students, staff and community members.
3. Heighten awareness of schools’ waste management and recycling programs.
4. Have the competition serve as a catalyst for K-12 schools and/or school districts to build and expand waste reduction programs.
5. Organize this event successfully so it can be repeated and possibly expanded to other schools and states in the future.
The 2017 competition is scheduled to run from March 1st through March 31st, 2017! Registration is now open! Take the Challenge!
Participants will be able to select one of two levels of participation through the Single Stream Mixed Recyclables and the Eight Target Materials to encourage participation for those who may not be ready to submit full documentation of their diversion numbers.
To learn more about the structure of the competition and the various contests, please visit the Rules Section.
Because there is quite a bit of diversity in the availability of recycling programs and infrastructure for schools throughout the state, the contest will include 8 Targeted Material categories for recycling:
1. Paper (magazines, books, white and mixed paper)
3. CRV Beverage Containers (bottles, cans, glass)
4. Metal Cans: All Tin & Bi-Metal cans collected from food service areas
5. Expanded Polystyrene Foam (Lunch trays and food serviceware)
6. Milk and Juice Cartons
7. Food Service Organics (Compost)
8. Comingled/Single Stream Recycling