Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Join USAgain in raising environmental awareness beyond November 15 while diverting textile waste from landfills.
- What is the America Recycles Day challenge?
Throughout the month of November 2014, all participating schools will compete to collect the most textiles for recycling. The top five collecting schools will win cash prizes and all schools will raise funds for every pound collected. By hosting a USAgain collection bin on your property, your school is offering students, faculty and the local community an eco-friendly and convenient way to recycle clothes and shoes while your school earns cash per pound of textiles collected.
- What can my school win?
The top five collecting schools will win $1,000, $750, $500, $250, and $100, respectively. All participating schools will raise funds per pound collected.
- Will my school have to sell anything in order to raise funds in this program?
No. USAgain textile recycling fundraisers and contests don’t require any work from your school, parents or students.
- Does my school need to sign-up or register?
Yes. But if your school is already hosting a USAgain bin, you are automatically registered for our school contests. For schools not already hosting a USAgain bin, please sign-up to have a USAgain bin placed on your property.
The deadline for America Recycles Day registration is October 30, 2014.
- How can we promote our USAgain collection bin during the America Recycles Day challenge?
Downloadable promotional materials, including posters, handouts and flyers designed to help you spread the word in your community, are available here.
- How can I see my school’s ranking or collection totals?
Track your school’s collection results in real-time at www.usagain.com/ard-contest-results
- When is the America Recycles Day challenge?
Mark your calendars! The America Recycles Day challenge is November 1-30, 2014.
- Why is textile recycling so important?
The U.S. EPA estimates that 12 million tons of textiles end up in the landfills every year. If collected, these trashed textiles are in a condition to be reused as secondhand clothing or repurposed for use as industrial wiping rags, insulation or furniture stuffing, among other uses. Learn more on our For Planet page.