USAgain Announces Earth Month Recycling Challenge to Benefit Schools
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
USAgain announces Earth Month Recycling Challenge to benefit schools
Textile recycler to reward schools with cash prizes during Earth Month
WEST CHICAGO, IL – USAgain, the textile recycling industry leader, is announcing its eighth annual Earth Month Challenge, a clothes and shoes recycling drive for schools. The event is a contest-based fundraiser in honor of Earth Day, running from April 1 to April 30.
Raising money for extracurricular activities is typically high on any school’s to-do list, but what about raising awareness for recycling? USAgain is proud to announce that schools can do both in the Earth Month Challenge. For every item of clothing and shoes diverted from landfills through this program, the school will raise money and foster recycling awareness.
All participating schools will raise money based on pounds collected, and the top five collecting schools will win additional cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250 and $100. Schools will be able to track their collections on USAgain website.
Schools currently in USAgain’s nationwide recycling network are automatically entered in the Earth Month Challenge. New schools interested in entering should head to http://www.usagain.com/school-sign-up-form
"We’re looking forward to spreading recycling awareness in schools through this event. 85% of textiles are trashed every year. We hope this event will be a great platform to advance textile recycling awareness,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. "In past editions of the contest, we’ve seen students and communities respond wonderfully to the call of textile recycling. We’re hoping for even greater results in 2014.”
In total, over 600 schools across the U.S. are expected to participate in the Earth Month Challenge this year. The entire contest is designed to be completely work and cost-free for schools. All public and private schools are eligible to participate.
To hear from 2013 Earth Month contest winners, see the video here.
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of surplus clothing, which is diverted from landfills. In 2013, USAgain was awarded an "A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. It maintains more than 14,000 recycling bins in 18 states.