2021-22 Recycling Challenge
From September 2021 - March 2022

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Due to the pandemic and school closures last year, we were unable to host the 2020-21 SDUSD Recycling Challenge.  We're excited to be back in full swing and to once again offer the SDUSD Recycling Challenge for the 2021-22 school year!  Your school could win cash prizes!


All schools that receive waste and recycling services through the District contract with Republic Services are automatically registered in the SDUSD Recycling Challenge. A baseline of waste disposal and recycling service levels has been set for each school with calculations based on overall diversion (by volume) and the volume of material generated per-student.  An emphasis is placed on lower trash volume and costs, and increases in recycling diversion.  Our goal is to increase recycling participation to keep materials from landfill disposal, as well as to "right-size" both trash and recycling service levels to reduce costs to the General Fund.


NEW!  This year's Challenge is points-based.  Schools that submit an on-line Recycling Challenge Award Nomination Form that demonstrates their school's efforts to educate and promote recycling, waste diversion, and/or sustainability efforts on campus will receive additional points.  Due by March 1, 2022


Scoring Rubric (100 points total)

  • Overall school waste diversion - volume based (highest %):  60 points 

  • Volume of Trash Generated/per Student/per Month - (lowest volume):  20 points

  • Submission of Recycling Challenge Award Nomination Form:  20 points total (see breakdown below)

    • Classroom/Office Recycling Program in place:  3 points

    • Lunchtime Recycling Program in place:  7 points

    • Other Waste Reduction and Diversion Efforts (i.e. composting, reuse, etc.):  5 points

    • Recycling/Sustainability Education, Outreach, & Awareness Activities:  5 points

The Challenge runs from September 2021 - March 2022

For more information and a printable document with Challenge details click the GREEN LINK below.  To access the  on-line (Google Form) Recycling Challenge Award Nomination Form, click the BLUE LINK below.



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Grants/Contests & Other Opportunities

Earth X Young Filmmakers Contest: Students in grades 3 through age 25 can submit short videos in a variety of formats and topics.  Entries should identify a problem and propose a solution with the goal of sustainability. There are cash prizes and scholarships for the winners!  Deadline:  Jan. 5, 2022

Earth X Eco-Art Competition: Artists ages 5-22 are encouraged to create a piece of art, either 2-D or 3-D, that illustrates the message of the theme:  Plant the Seed. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners! Deadline:  Jan. 24, 2022