USAgain awards second-place winner Amador Valley High School with $750 from eighth annual Earth Month Challenge

Students receive money for recycling clothing

(CHICAGO, IL) May 13, 2014 – USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company, is pleased to announce Amador Valley High School as the second-place winner of the 2014 nationwide Earth Month Challenge. Amador Valley High School, located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California, had a total collection of 3,868 pounds of deposits and will receive $750 cash. Schools earned prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 for helping in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles.

The other four of five top winners include Pui Tak Christian School located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago with 4,023 pounds; Byron Cusd No. 226 located at 696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois with 3,606 pounds; St. Clare School located at 214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois with 2,712 pounds; and Brentwood Academy located at 2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California with 2,557 pounds.

Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition targeting nationwide schools. Participating schools collected textiles for Earth Month in April, and the top five recycling schools will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. Over 600 schools were expected to participate, and all active participants earned funds per pounds of collected textiles. They’ll all receive a Certificate of Sustainability for their commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ⎯ teachers, students and visitors to the schools ⎯ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand shops will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.
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