FundingFactory Announces Third Annual ‘Recycling Rumble’ Winners

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Winning Schools and Nonprofits Earn Fundraising Bonus, Top Recycler Overall Receives $5,000

“That extra $5,000, combined with our current recycling earnings, will help us purchase a Kaplan Inspire-NG, a multi-touch table and interactive whiteboard." Gloria Harris, director of The Learning Tree

More than 1,100 participants nationwide vied for the Top Recycler title during the “Recycling Rumble™,” a friendly one-on-one recycling competition hosted annually by FundingFactory®. From February 1 to April 30, FundingFactory participants competed to recycle the largest quantity of electronic waste (e-waste).

FundingFactory, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, matched competing participants according to their comparable recycling rate. Throughout the competition, participants collected and shipped e-waste – used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and GPS devices to FundingFactory.

In the end, the winning schools and nonprofits in each Rumble match-up earned a 25 percent fundraising bonus in addition to their regular recycling rewards. The top prize of $5,000 was awarded to The Learning Tree, a nationally accredited childcare center in Ridge Manor, Fla.; they recycled 4,032 items. With their recycling earnings and 25 percent bonus, The Learning Tree earned a grand total of $6,536.50.

“This is our second year participating in the Rumble, and we are thrilled to win the top prize,” said Gloria Harris, director of The Learning Tree. “That extra $5,000, combined with our current recycling earnings, will help us purchase a Kaplan Inspire-NG, a multi-touch table and interactive whiteboard. Our teachers, students, and community worked so hard for this.”

Second place went to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Team of Etters, Pa. Last year's Rumble winner, Manteca High School of Manteca, Calif., placed third. The organizations earned $1,000 and $500, respectively. In total, $95,285 was raised, and 129,480 recyclable items were kept out of landfills during the contest.

Participants found success in the Recycling Rumble by taking advantage of FundingFactory’s new score-boosting business support bonus. A business that sent qualifying items on behalf of a participating organization earned that organization two points per item. Items sent by the organization itself earned one point each.


The FundingFactory program is free, and enables schools and nonprofit organizations to exchange electronic waste for cash or points redeemable for new technology or classroom products. Schools, nonprofit organizations, churches, and other groups can register at To learn more about the 2014 Recycling Rumble winners, and the positive impact of fundraising by recycling, visit and

About FundingFactory

Since its inception in 1997, FundingFactory has provided $31 million in funding to more than 50,000 schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved 39 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free recycling fundraiser for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or products by recycling used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics collected from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Technologies Group company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an R2-certified, ISO 14001-2004-certified company.

Media Contact: Sarah Buckholtz, FundingFactory, 814-464-1800, sbuckholtz(at)fundingfactory(dot)com

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