We’re happy to share some exciting news from Philadelphia’s Recycling Rewards Program. Recyclebank, the company behind Recycling
Rewards, has chosen several local schools to participate in its Green
Schools Program this winter. Schools around the country are in the running to win funding for green projects. Your points can help make their green dreams become reality. The deadline is March 15 so please go to www.recyclebank.com to donate your points now! Listed below are the local schools that still need your help -- in the form of donated Recyclebank points -- to reach their goals:
Anna H. Shaw Middle School James Rhodes Elementary School John Bartram High School J.S. Jenks School South Philadelphia High School Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy W.B. Saul Agricultural and Sciences Young Scholars Charter School
Also, keep an eye out for the Recyclebank Philadelphia Sweepstakes that will take place this April through June. You can enter the sweepstakes in many ways: by spending Recyclebank points, referring friends to the program, playing games on the site, or by signing up for Recyclebank if you haven't already done so. Participants have the chance to win one year’s worth of groceries, free SEPTA passes, or Target giftcards. Check out www.recyclebank.com for more information on the sweepstakes.
Spring is just around the corner
Though it seems like winter hasn't fully arrived, trees and plants are already starting to show early signs of spring. With these signs of rebirth, RecycleNOW is thinking about yard waste: What do you do with all the leaves, branches, and brush that have collected since the fall? The city collects bagged leaves at the curb in the fall, but the best resource for spring cleaning is the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center.
Accepted waste includes:
The center has a $10 minimum fee and charges on a per-ton basis, but Philly residents can take home up to 30 gallons of free compoost twice a week. So really, the $10 charge isn't so bad when you can pick up free compost, mulch, and firewood at the same time!
Become a Waste Watcher
Festivals, parades, and other public events entertain Philadelphians and attract thousands of visitors to the city each year, but they also produce large amounts of waste. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for volunteers to join its Waste Watchers team to help event-goers sort their trash, recycling, and compost into appropriate containers to reduce landfill waste. Volunteers will get gloves and bags, and will bag the trash and recycling and help load the items into trucks.
Currently, Waste Watchers are needed for the Clean Air Council 5K on Saturday, April 21. Waste Watcher volunteers will help participants and spectators sort waste items at the Start/Finish lines and in spectator areas. Become a Waste Watcher today!