Sun January 3, 2016

Bremerton High is a Recycling Winner

Originally published in Kitsap Sun 

Bremerton High School was the first-place winner for Washington State in the 2015 America Recycles Day Challenge sponsored by recycler USAgain.

America Recycles Day Challenge is USAgain's annual clothing recycling competition for schools. The competition encourages students to collect clothing for recycling and reuse. USAgain places and services collection bins at each participating school, which all receive revenue based on total pounds collected.

The competition started Oct. 15 and culminated with America Recycles Day on Nov. 15.

Eighty-five percent of all unwanted clothing in the U.S., or more than 12 million tons, is thrown into the trash and buried in landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Twenty schools in Washington participated in the challenge, with 6,000 pounds of clothing collected.