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2016 America Recycles Day Challenge Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of 2016 America Recycles Day Challenge for schools. Our congratulations go out to all students, teachers, and school administrators who participated in the event this year. America Recycles Day Challenge is USAgain’s annual clothing recycling competition for schools that encourages students to collect textiles for rewear, reuse, and recycling. The month-long competition ran from October 15 to November 15, 2016.

The winners from each contest eligible state are as follows: 


  1. What is the America Recycles Day Challenge?
    From October 15th through November 15th, 2016 all participating schools will compete to collect textiles for recycling. Three top recycling schools from each eligible region* will win cash prizes of $200, $150 and $100!  All schools will raise funds based on the pounds of clothing and shoes recycled. By hosting a USAgain recycling bin, your school is offering students, faculty and the local community an eco-friendly and convenient way to recycle clothes and shoes while your school earns cash for every pound of textiles collected.
  2. What can my school win?
    Three top recycling schools from each eligible region* will win cash prizes of $200, $150 and $100!  All schools will raise funds based on the pounds of clothing and shoes recycled.
  3. Will my school have to sell anything to raise funds for this program?
    No. USAgain textile recycling fundraisers and contests don't require any work from your school, parents or students.
  4. Does my school need to sign-up or register?
    Yes, except if your school is already hosting a USAgain bin, you are automatically registered for our school contests. New schools should sign-up here. America Recycles Day Challenge registration closes October 10, 2016. 
  5. How can we promote America Recycles Day Challenge?
    We make it easy to promote the America Recycles Day Challenge.  Here is a link to download promotional materials, including posters, handouts, and flyers designed to help you spread the word in your community. Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions. 
  6. How can I see my school's collection totals?
    To track your school's collection results in real-time simply sign-up for a site sponsor login. The results will be updated each time your bin is serviced. 
  7. When is the America Recycles Day Challenge?
    Mark your calendars! The America Recycles Day Challenge is October 15th - November 15th, 2016.
  8. Why is textile recycling so important?
    The U.S. EPA estimates that 12 million tons of textiles end up in the landfills every year. If collected, these trashed textiles are in a condition to be reused as secondhand clothing or repurposed for use as industrial wiping rags, insulation or furniture stuffing, among other uses. Learn more on our For Planet page.
 region* CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, MO, NY, WA, WI

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