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Take the EDCO Challenge!

August 22, 2018

The 2018-19 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 the 2018/19 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 the award is based on a combination of school recycling and waste reduction efforts (overall waste diversion rate). The Challenge runs from September 2018 – March 2019.

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 this school year.

In Spring 2019, 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.

2017/2018 Winners

Elementary/K-8 Schools:  
Winner:   Marvin ElementarSchool (29.5% diversion) - $750
Runner-up:   Sandburg Elementary School  (29.4% diversion) - $500

Middle Schools:
Winner:   Wilson Middle School (35.41% diversion) - $1,000
Runner-up:   Challenger Middle School (35.40% diversion) - $750

High Schools:
Winner: Henry High School (28.6% diversion) - $1,250
Runner-up: Mira Mesa High School (27.1% diversion) - $1,000

Most Improved:
Taft Middle (from 5.2% diversion last year to 32.8% this year) - $250


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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