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Details on all recycling collection contests; Special Programs


Recycle-Bowl Competition

Recycle-Bowl Competition is promoted by Keep American Beautiful (KAB). It is a free, friendly competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. School recycling programs across the nation compete in a race to collect the most recyclables. A school will choose one categories to compete in either the State School Competition or National Community School Drop-off Competition.
Schools need to keep track of the weight of the recyclables. All accepted items that your recycler collects as part of your standard service contract can be included in recycle numbers. Register the school by October 15.  A teacher, principal or authorized representative (an “Authorized Representative”) from an eligible school may enter the school in the Competition, but don't delay registration started in early August at   See their website for more details.


Pepsico Recycle Rally™

The Recycle Rally™ is an exciting program that aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling. The goal of the program and for schools is to capture beverage containers (plastic bottles and aluminum cans) that would not otherwise be recycled. Northeast Ohio schools are eligible to participate, since we're a non bottle bill state. This is a great hand's-on program that schools will earn rewards and compete for contest prizes. 

If you are a parent or student who is interested in having your school participate, be sure to reach out to a teacher or an administrator to have them apply for the program

It's tailgate and football season, so capture those used water and soda pop bottles.


Great American Can Roundup School Challenge

"Al the Can" extends an invitation to your school to earn money, recycle and party.  Registration is now open through December 15 at  During their inaugural event, schools recycled over 2.3 million cans, raising more than $34,000 in Great American Can Roundup School Challenge.  We encourage you to challenge your school to see how many beverage cans they can recycle per student between America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22).  It's an extraordinary opportunity for schools to show their true green spirit and environmental leadership by stepping up to the Great American Can Roundup School Recycling Challenge.
The Can Manufacturers Institute, the national trade association of can manufacturers and their suppliers, is giving away a $1,000 per state to the top per capita school and an additional $5,000 to the top recycling school for a total of $56,000.  Your school could win up to $6,000, plus the value of the cans and the chance to win $50 pizza cards.  Put your school in contention by going to and register by December 15 to be eligible for the School Recycling Challenge.  There you will find everything needed to build recycling enthusiasm and rally the community for the win. 
At you will be able to compare your schools' recycling progress.  Environmental educators will also appreciate grade appropriate, free interdisciplinary curricula and worksheets for the classroom to continue the discussion of the positive impact on the environment through aluminum can recycling.
We look forward to seeing your schools on the Great American Can Roundup School Challenge leader board.  Please contact Jenny Day at 202/232-4677, or by email  with any questions or ways we can help.

Calendar of Events

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
City Service Departments

January 9, 2015
Issue of RFP: HHW Collection Facility Operation

January 20, 2015
Pre-Proposal Meeting for RFP: HHW Collection Facility Operation
10:00 a.m.

January 31, 2015
District 3Rs Photo Contest entries due

February 6, 2015
District grant applications due

February 13, 2015
Proposals due for RFP: HHW Collection Facility Operation
4:00 p.m.

February 16, 2015
Holiday - County offices closed

April 17, 2015
Waste & Recycling $ense for Business seminar
Garfield Heights

April 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day!


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