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August 28, 2017

The 2017-18 EDCO Recycling Challenge is Here!
To help reduce waste, comply with state and local laws, and increase recycling awareness at our schools, the District is once again teaming up with EDCO, our waste and recycling service provider, to bring you the2017/18 EDCO Recycling Challenge. There are cash prizes for the schools that divert the most waste and increase recycling efforts.

How it Works: All schools that receive waste and recycling services through the District contract with EDCO are automatically registered to compete in the Challenge. A baseline of existing services has been set for each school based on a pounds-per-student calculation for current waste disposal and recycling service levels.The criteria for award are based on a combination of school recycling and waste reduction efforts (overall waste diversion rate). The Challenge runs from September 2017 – March 2018.

Check out the Prizes! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two schools in each grade level category, and 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 over the course of the this school year.

In Spring 2018, winning schools will receive monetary awards as follows:

Elementary/K-8 Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

Winner: $750

Winner: $1,000

Winner: $1,250

Runner-Up: $500

Runner-Up: $750

Runner-Up: $1,000

Total: $1,250

Total: $1,750

Total: $2,250


Most Improved (any school): $250
Is Your School Up to the Challenge?
For information or assistance on expanding recycling and waste reduction programs at your school, contact Janet Whited, Recycling Specialist, at jwhited@sandi.net.

2017 Winners

Encanto Elementary & SPK earned top prize in this year’s EDCO RecyclingChallenge under the Elementary School Category! Encanto impressively had the highest recycling participation efforts within all the elementary schools in the District over the course of the challenge, which ran from September 2016 through March 2017, garnering them the top honor and a $750 prize. Runner-Up and $500 went to Walker Elementary, and Tierrasanta Elementary received Most Improved and $250 for their efforts.

Knox Middle earned top prize under the Middle School Category with the highest recycling participation efforts within all the middle schools in the District, garnering them the top honor and a $1,000 prize! Runner-Up and $750 went to Challenger Middle.

Serra High earned top prize under the High School Category with the highest recycling participation efforts within all the high schools in the District, garnering them the top honor and a $1,250 prize! Runner-Up and $1,000 went to Henry High.

The Board of Education recognized these schools at the board meeting held on April 25, 2017, where they received a Certificate of Achievement and their award check. Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 EDCO Recycling Challenge!

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