Mon March 11, 2013

Rasham Grewal  / USAgain

USAgain announces its Annual Earth Month Recycling Challenge for Schools

Textile recycler to reward schools with cash prizes during Earth Month

Chicago, March 11, 2013USAgain proudly announces its yearly Earth Month Challenge for schools across the country. USAgain, a for-profit leader in the textile recycling industry, will reward participating schools by offering cash incentives for recycling unwanted items.

The goal of the Earth Month Challenge is to raise awareness and educate communities on the importance of textile recycling, as well as giving back to schools for their eco-friendly recycling efforts. Schools will be able to track their collection results and the positive environmental impact they are making in terms of landfill space saved, CO2 emissions prevented and water saved on USAgain’s website.

"This contest is a great way for schools to engage with students and communities about the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, while raising money at the same time," says Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain.


All USAgain-partnered schools are automatically entered into the Earth Month Challenge, and other schools have until March 31 to sign-up. The top five schools nationwide will earn awards of $1,000, $750, $500, $250 or $100, and all participating schools will receive funds based on pounds of recyclable clothing and shoes they collect.

As a result of the challenge in 2012, a total of 510 schools across the U.S. combined to collect 210,362 pounds of textiles. That adds up to 1,202 cubic yards of landfill space saved and nearly 1.5 million pounds of CO­2 prevented from damaging the environment.

The Earth Month Challenge is no-cost and no-work for schools. Students and communities are required only to deposit their unwanted clothing and shoes in the green and white USAgain collection bin located at the school.

Contest registration deadline is March 31, 2013. The contest will take place at schools in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Washington and Nebraska.


The winners will be announced the last week of May.

For more information, promotional materials or to sign up:



About USAgain

USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL, is a for-profit company whose mission is to divert unwanted textiles from landfills and provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to dispose of their old clothes and shoes. In 2012, USAgain collected 58 million pounds of discarded textiles. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 10,000 collection bins in 18 states and has nearly 200 employees. For more information, visit