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June 4, 2013 > Cabrillo Elementary knows how to recycle!

Cabrillo Elementary knows how to recycle!

Submitted By StopWaste.Org

Students of Cabrillo Elementary recently completed a successful Ready Set Recycle Challenge and reached their goal of allowing no more than 20 percent recyclables and compostables in trash bins by May 6.

The final results of the challenge show a dramatic improvement from when the challenge kicked off on March 28. Before they started, recyclables and compostables made up an average of 80 percent of garbage bin contents. On the last day of the challenge, the garbage bin consisted of three percent recyclables, 17 percent compostables, and 80 percent landfill! Initially, students were producing 10 to 11, 32 gallon bags of landfill per day. Now, as students divert the vast majority of their waste, landfill from one day amounts to less than one bag.

The Ready Set Recycle Contest, spearheaded by Cabrillo's 6th grade student council, was aimed at reducing the amount of "good stuff" going to waste in the garbage bin at their school. Throughout the challenge, student volunteers performed weekly trash audits in Cabrillo's lunchrooms to track the progress toward their goal. Students will be rewarded for meeting their goal. Rewards are funded by StopWaste.Org's Ready Set Recycle initiative developed to help Alameda County reach its goal of no more than 10 percent good stuff in the trash by 2020.

For more information, visit www.StopWaste.Org.

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