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November 20, 2012 > Ready Set Recycle contest returns

Ready Set Recycle contest returns

Submitted By Kate Lynch

Alameda County already has some of the best recyclers in the country with 93 percent of residents reporting that they recycle regularly. Now they have the chance to prove it. StopWaste.Org announced on November 14, the return of the Ready Set Recycle Contest, which gives Alameda County residents a chance to win prizes year round for keeping their trash free of recyclables and compostables.

During regular garbage collection days throughout the year, the Ready Set Recycle Prize Crew will select random garbage bins and separate the contents into three categories: recyclables, compostables and garbage. Households with the least amount of recyclables and compostables in their garbage relative to the whole bin could be appointed a 'Star Sorter' and receive $50 prizes in cash or gift cards.

Alameda County residents can also participate in the contest and win prizes by playing the Speed Sorter Game and Pledging to recycle online at www.ReadySetRecycleContest.Org. Names will be chosen at random and monthly winners will receive a $15 gift card from Peet's Coffee, Jamba Juice, Safeway and more.

In addition to individual accolades, the contest will be recognizing the best recycling community within Alameda County. The city within Alameda County whose residents best demonstrate their recycling skills will be announced in the summer of 2013.

The Ready Set Recycle Contest will provide Alameda County residents with the opportunity to share their recycling tips and best practices through the contest website.

"Through the contest, we hope to enjoy the multiple benefits of increased recycling," said Tom Padia, StopWaste.Org Source Reduction and Recycling Director, "including energy savings, reduced extraction of natural resources, and adding jobs to our local economy."

"I have always been an avid recycler and was delighted to be recognized in last year's contest," said Amy Lee, a winner of last year's Ready Set Recycle contest. "I'm looking forward to participating again this year and sharing recycling tips with my fellow Alameda County residents!"

To learn more about the contest and to make an online pledge to do your part to reduce waste by recycling and composting, visit www.ReadySetRecycleContest.Org.

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