- What is the Earth Month Challenge?
From March 15th through April 15th, 2017 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 per pound of textiles collected.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Earth Month Challenge registration closes March 10, 2017.
- How can we promote Earth Month challenge?
We provide you downloadable promotional materials, that include posters, handouts, and flyers designed to help you spread the word in your community. Feel free to download the files here or send us an email if you have any questions.
- How can I see my school's collection totals?
To track your school's results in real-time simply sign-up for a site sponsor login. The results will be updated each time your bin is serviced.
- When is the Earth Month Challenge?
Mark your calendars! The Earth Month Challenge is March 15th - April 15th, 2017.
- Why is textile recycling so important?
The U.S. EPA estimates that 11 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, PA, WA, WI
2016 Earth Month Challenge Winners
Our congratulations go out to all students, teachers, and school administrators who participated in the 2016 Earth Month Challenge. The winners from each contest eligible state are: