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2023-24 Recycling Challenge
September 2023 - March 2024

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All schools that receive waste and recycling services through the District contract with Republic Services are automatically included in the Challenge.


A baseline of current waste disposal and recycling service levels is set for each school with calculations based on overall diversion and the volume of material generated per-student. An emphasis will be placed on lower trash volume and costs, and increases in recycling diversion. Our goal is to increase recycling participation to keep material out of the landfill, as well as to “right-size” both trash and recycling service levels to reduce costs to the General Fund over the course of the school year.

The Recycling Challenge is points based. Schools that submit an on-line Recycling Challenge Impact Form by March 1, 2024, that demonstrates their school’s efforts to educate and promote recycling, waste diversion, and/or sustainability efforts on campus will receive additional points.

Check out the Prizes! Cash prizes are awarded to the top two schools in each grade level category with the most points. A Most Improved award will be presented to the school that may not have reached the top tier, but made significant strides in their diversion level and outreach over the course of the school year.


In Spring 2024, winning schools will be recognized and receive monetary awards as follows:

Elementary/K-8 Schools:  $750/$500; 

Middle Schools:  $1,000/$750; 

High Schools: $1,250/$1,000;  

Most Improved (any school): $250

2022-23 Recycling Challenge Winners!  


1st Place:  Henry High

Runner-Up: Canyon Hills High


1st Place:  Standley Middle

Runner-Up:  Knox Middle


1st Place:  Marvin Elementary

Runner-Up:  Sandburg Elementary


Hardy Elementary


How did your school rank last year?

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