Recycling challenge gives communities a shot at $100K


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If you really needed another reason to recycle, why not turn it into a competition? SC Johnson and Recyclebank have done just that with the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge. Residents in 50 communities — one per state — across the country are frantically working to achieve the highest reported recycling participation rate. The prize: a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson to be used for a sustainability project or program.

The challenge, which kicked off in July, has two months to go. The winning community will be announced in January 2013.

Community initiatives have included a local library in Russellville, Ark., that hosted a Green Night for Kids and a 12-year-old student in Indian Harbour, Fla., who volunteered to lead his class in promoting communitywide recycling.

"We are excited to see the incredible sustainable changes taking place in these communities across the country as part of the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge," said Jonathan Hsu, CEO at Recyclebank. "It's fantastic to see residents feel empowered to make a positive environmental impact in their communities."

Participating communities are currently ranked as follows:

  1. Lakes at Red Rock, Va.
  2. Huntington Woods, Mich.
  3. Horace, N.D.
  4. Union Grove, Wis.
  5. Hampstead, N.H.
  6. North Ogden, Utah
  7. Bluffton, S.C.
  8. Chatham Borough, N.J.
  9. Ocean Pines, Md.
  10. Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
  11. Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
  12. Clinton, Miss.
  13. Aurora, N.Y.
  14. Newton, Kan.
  15. Moraine, Ohio
  16. Macungie, Pa.
  17. Independence, Iowa
  18. Middletown, Del.
  19. Hutto, Texas
  20. Lewisburg, Tenn.
  21. Bellevue, Neb.
  22. Mill Creek, Wash.
  23. East Grand Forks, Minn.
  24. Milliken, Colo.
  25. Eagle River, Alaska
  26. Laramie, Wyo.
  27. Klamath Falls, Ore.
  28. Los Ranchos, N.M.
  29. Underhill, Vt.
  30. Lake Station, Ind.
  31. Bozeman, Mont.
  32. Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo.
  33. Westwood, Mass.
  34. Farmington, Conn.
  35. Hailey, Idaho
  36. Saint Tammany, La.
  37. Buffalo Grove, Il.
  38. Marietta, Ga.
  39. Bridgeport, W. Va.
  40. Incline Village, Nev.
  41. Show Low, Ariz.
  42. Russellville, Ark.
  43. Choctaw, Okla.
  44. Trussville, Ala.
  45. Scarborough, Maine
  46. Franklin County, Ky.
  47. Woonsocket, R.I.
  48. Capitola, Calif.
  49. Rapid City, S.D.
  50. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii


Log on to Recyclebank.com/greenchoices every month to view the full leaderboard and track the progress of each community.

To learn more about the sustainability efforts of SC Johnson, visit SCJohnson.com/greenchoices.