Alpha Montessori Wins USAgain’s Annual America Recycles Day Contest

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Westchester, IL School Wins $500 in Textile Recycling Contest

Today USAgain, the company that helps divert millions of pounds of clothing and other textiles from landfills, announces the winners of its annual America Recycles Day Contest to benefit schools. USAgain challenged schools to collect clothing, shoes and textiles during the month of November as a part of their America Recycles Day Contest. The schools that collected the most pounds of clothing were awarded cash prizes of $500, $300 and $250 respectively. This year’s winners are:

  •     First Place: Alpha Montessori, Westchester, IL
  •     Second Place: Picasso Preschool, El Granada, CA
  •     Third place: Babe’s Running Start, Pacifica, CA

“We are thrilled to be the winner of USAgain’s America Recycles Day Contest,” said Samina Shamsi, Director of Alpha Montessori. “Monitoring our environmental footprint by supporting recycling programs is very important to us, and it’s easy with USAgain.”

Over 400 schools across the country participated in this year’s America Recycles Day Contest collecting a total of 198,000 pounds of clothing and textiles. With the help of schools the program saved a total of 1,130 cubic yards of landfill space and prevented 386,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere. All participating schools will be compensated for every pound of clothing they collected and sent a Certificate of Sustainability from USAgain to honor their commitment to the environment.

“We are proud to award these prizes and support education as part of our America Recycles Day Contest,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Educating the next generation about the importance of recycling is essential to the safety of our planet.”

All schools can check their collections at http://www.usagain.com. USAgain also offers no-work, no-cost fundraiser opportunities as well as educational field trips to their warehouse locations in 11 states. Please contact Rasham Grewal for more information, r.grewal(at)usagain(dot)com.

About USAgain
USAgain (use-again) was founded in 1999, and now operates over 10,000 collection bins in 15 states. Our mission at USAgain is simple: to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which we divert from wasting in landfills for resale here in the US and abroad. In 2010 alone, the company collected 56 million pounds of discarded clothing. A profitable venture headquartered in Chicago, USAgain has over 220 employees. For more information, visit http://www.usagain.com.

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