Chicago, IL March 16, 2012 - USAgain announces today its annual Earth Day Contest to benefit local schools. The contest is a fun and educational way to raise textile recycling awareness and earn cash for schools. USAgain, the company that helps divert millions of pounds of clothing and textiles from landfills each year, will reward participating schools with cash prizes for their recycling efforts.
From April 1 through April 30 schools are invited to host a USAgain collection bin where students, parents, faculty and others in the community can drop off gently used clothing and other textiles. At the end of the contest (April 30, 2012), the three schools which collect the most textiles and clothing per student will be ranked and awarded cash prizes of $500, $300 and $250 respectively. All participating schools will earn cash based on pounds of clothes and shoes collected. The program is a part of Earth Day Network's - A Billion Acts of Green® program.
"This contest is a great way for schools to engage with students and community about the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, while raising money at the same time," said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain.
Contest registration deadline is March 28, 2012. The contest will take place at schools in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Washington, and California.
The winners will be announced in the last week of May.
For more information, or to sign up: http://www.usagain.com/earth-month-2012
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USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells unwanted clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in fifteen states. Their mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit http://www.usagain.com
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