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DRAFT Proposed Changes for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Reimagining California’s K-12 Schools Recycling Challenge

 

The statewide has been held annually with great enthusiasm to promote and encourage recycling. The competition between schools and recycling coordinators resulted in over 7.7 million pounds of recyclables collected in the past five years. For 2021, KCB suggests streamlining the recycling challenge categories and add components. The 2021 Challenge includes three components with completion of all three resulting in recognition as a Keep California Environmental School. 

 

 

 

The competition timeframe is February 1-April 22, 2021.

Recycling Challenge – February 1-28*

Recycling Art Contest –Submit by March 31

Litter Analysis using KCB Environmental App – Completed by March 31

Results Announced Earth Day Press Event April 19-23, 2021 

Dates tentative and could be moved to February 15-March 15 to accommodate schools.

 

Recycling Challenge: An individual school or a school district may compete.

 

Individual K-12 schools may enter and compete in four categories (reduced from 9 to 4) and for overall school student per capita and total weight.

 

1. CRV Beverage Containers (bottles, cans, glass)

2. Comingled/Single Stream Recycling

3. Milk and Juice Cartons

4. Food Service and Organics (Compost)

School districts may enter and compete for overall school district student per capita and total weight.

KCB will award a total of 14 cash prizes: the overall district (1), overall school (1), and places 1-3 in each category (12).

 

Recycling Art Contest (NEW 2021): Two categories for the competition will be

 

1. Best Presentation

2. Best Use of Recycled Materials

 

Guidelines

 

 

1. All artwork must comprise of recyclable materials with a minimum 50% recycled content

2. Students will provide a title for the artwork and no more than 200 words describing the artwork and materials used to create.

3. pictures of the artwork uploaded to the KCB Art website. Individual school recognition or prioritization is recommended but optional before submittal to KCB.

 

Seven (7) prizes will be awarded for a President’s Award (1) and places 1-3 in each category (6).

 

Litter Analysis (NEW 2021): Using the KCB Environmental App, the school will complete an assessment of litter on their campus and immediate campus area, if applicable.

Instructions include measuring an area at designated locations including but limited to

entry to the main building

1. area near cafeteria

2. bus stop

3. teacher parking

4. student parking, if applicable or parent pick up, if applicable, and

5. athletic or playground area

6. along the street adjacent to campus

7. neighborhood area within one (1) block walking distance from campus, if applicable

Students will use the App to record litter conditions based on a 1­–4 Likert Scale with 1 as No Litter and 4 as Extreme Litter. Students will also record the most frequently found litter item. Based on the results, the students will prepare a brief maximum 500-word plan to address litter.

 

Keep California Beautiful Environmental School (NEW 2021): Schools that complete all three components receive designation as a 2021 Keep California Beautiful Environmental School. All individual schools that complete requirements will be eligible for a school recycling bin mark over (prize pending). 


Remote Modification Contingency Plan

 

If schools are not holding on-campus school activities at the time of the competition, the following modifications are available for participants.

 

Recycling Challenge: Students will weigh recyclables at home daily and report weekly totals. A video demonstrating how to participate at home will explain the collection and weighing methods. Schools total data four categories listed or, as a school district, may total all schools to report overall school per capita and total weight. Categories reduced from 9 to 4.

 

1. CRV Beverage Containers (bottles, cans, glass)

2. Comingled/Single Stream Recycling

3. Milk and Juice Cartons

4. Food Service and Organics (Compost)

 

Option: With additional funding, the KCB reporting could be modified site for each school the registers to submit student reporting, but the school would be responsible for auditing the submittals and providing the final report.

 

Recycling Art Contest: Student may work independently on a submittal or work together as a group on design with one student that will be responsible for producing the artwork. Pictures of the artwork will be sent to school representatives before submittal to KCB. Depending on the school, the top school recognized artwork will move to KCB award consideration.

 

Litter Analysis: Using the KCB Environmental App, the student will complete an assessment of litter in their neighborhood. Working with an adult, students measure at 5 areas:

 

1. entry to main building at city street – 10-foot radius

2. mailbox – 10-foot radius

3. driveway or parking lot, e.g., if applicable family space or a randomly settled space – 10-foot radius

4. open space, athletic, or playground area entrance – 10-foot radius

5. along two street block faces, in the area adjacent to street e.g., grass or dirt area and not on pavement – one 50 feet distance at the intersection and 50 feet in the approximate center of the block.

 

Students will use the App to record litter conditions based on a 1-4 Likert Scale with 1 as No Litter and 4 as Extreme Litter. Students will also record the most frequently found litter item. Based on the results, the students will prepare a brief maximum 500-word plan to address litter.

 

Schools that complete all three components receive designation as a 2021 Keep California Beautiful Environmental School.

 

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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