Sponsors and Partners

Keep California Beautiful K-12 Challenge Sponsors

Foodservice Packaging Institute

PaperSeed Foundation

Keep the Cap On

Endorsers and Promotional Partners



ABA Logo

Mobius Intelligent Systems

Preliminary K-12 Challenge 2020 Winners!

Program Totals 2015-2020

About the K-12 Recycling Challenge




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.  We support the State of California’s goal of 75% diversion by 2020.

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  competition is scheduled to run from February 1st through February 28th! Registration is now open! Take the Challenge!

Participants will be able to select one of three levels of participation through the Single Stream Mixed Recyclables, the Six Target Materials and Two Combined Organics and Dry Recyclables categories 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 6 Targeted Material categories and 2 Combined Organics and Dry Recyclables categories for recycling:

1. Paper (magazines, books, white and mixed paper)
2. Cardboard
3. CRV Beverage Containers (bottles, cans, glass)

4. Scrap Metal

5. Milk and Juice Cartons
6. Food Service Organics (Compost)

7. Comingled/Single Stream Recycling

8. Total Combined Weight for Individual School

9. Total Combined Weight for School District

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