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March 1, 2011 > Annual Earth Month Contest to benefit local schools

Annual Earth Month Contest to benefit local schools

Submitted By Rasham Grewal

USAgain (pronounced use-again) invites local Bay Area schools to enter its annual Earth Month Contest, a fun and educational way to raise textile-recycling awareness and earn cash for schools. The organization helps divert millions of pounds of clothing and textiles from landfills each year and is offering cash prizes for schools' recycling efforts.

Founded in 1999, USAgain operates more than 9,000 collection bins in 15 states and provides a convenient and eco-friendly option to dispose of excess clothing which is re-sold in the US and abroad. In 2010, the company collected 56 million pounds of discarded garments.

From April 1 through May 1, schools can host a USAgain collection bin where students, parents, faulty and community can drop off gently used clothes and other textiles. The contest ends on May 1, 2011; the three schools that collect the most garments and shoes, by weight per student, will be ranked and awarded cash prizes. All participating schools will earn cash based on the weight of what they collected at a rate of $40 per ton.

The contest is open to schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Schools should register for a collection bin as soon as possible to ensure it is in place by April 1 and to attend a presentation to receive a certificate of appreciation from USAgain.

For more information and to enroll a school, visit

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