Collier County School Recycling Challenge

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Ready-set-School recycling Competition

Sponsored by the Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Division.

The Ready-Set-Challenge School Recycling Competition is to determine which high school, middle school and elementary school recycles the most. The schools that recycle the most will receive the title of Champion Recyclers and will be awarded a five-foot traveling trophy to be displayed on campus for the next school year.  

The Challenge is an educational program designed to engage Collier County students and educators in the practice and benefits of proper recycling. Schools wishing to participate should develop classroom curriculums and activities that track the school’s weekly recycling volume, and chart progress towards achieving its recycling goals. Student led “Green Teams” or Jr. ROTC monitors, teachers and plant managers lead the efforts to build awareness and engage the whole school in proper recycling. The Challenge will be held from January through March with winners announced April of each year.


How it Works:

Sign up for the Challenge by emailing

Work with Ready-Set-Challenge program developer Dana Alger to set up the Challenge at your school.

Develop a recycling plan customized for your school capturing program recyclables generated in the classroom and around the school campus. Recyclable materials include paper, plastic bottles. To calculate accurate weight for recyclable materials collected it is necessary to collect materials in 45-gallon clear bags (provided). Once the bags are tallied, the bags must be emptied, and recyclables placed loosely into the school’s on-site recycling container. The bags can be reused or put into the trash; do not place the bags in the recycling container.

Complete the Challenge weekly log with a count of total bags collected. Submit the Challenge weekly log to the program developer. Weekly tallies will be maintained for all schools by the program developer.

Schools interested in participating in the Challenge must register no later than December of that year. 



Art Contest:

  • Do you like paints, brushes, color, stuff like that? Then enter the recycling art contest. They say a picture is worth a thousand words - create a work of art that focuses on the transformation of recycled products or the effects of not recycling. Winners of the art contest receive cash prizes and their art work is featured in the Keep Collier Beautiful annual calendar.