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April 2, 2013 > Ready Set Recycle Challenge

Ready Set Recycle Challenge

Submitted By Elena Keamy, Photo by StopWaste.Org

On March 28, Cabrillo Elementary in Fremont kicked off the Ready Set Recycle Challenge - a project spearheaded by Cabrillo's 6th grade student council aimed at reducing the amount of organics and recyclables going into the garbage bin at their school. Beyond eliminating this "good stuff" from the trash, Ready Set Recycle Challenge is designed to develop awareness and engagement among the student body for the importance of recycling and empower students to be spokespeople and leaders in their schools, their families and their communities.

Cabrillo students have set an ambitious goal of allowing no more than 20 percent good stuff (recyclables and organics) in the trash bin by May 6. The Ready Set Recycle Challenge began with a school wide assembly and will continue with weekly audits of the trash in Cabrillo's lunchroom by student "auditors."

Students will track school progress toward their goal with graphs and charts and the entire school will be rewarded if they met their overall goal, along with benchmarks along the way. All rewards will be funded by StopWaste.Org's Ready Set Recycle initiative which was developed to help the agency reach its goal of no more than 10 percent good stuff in the trash by 2020.

The Student Council and the 5th grade classes participating in the audits will go on a field trip to Davis St. Transfer Station to see firsthand where their discards go and how their recycling efforts can impact the waste stream.

For more information, visit www.StopWaste.Org

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