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Recyclebank Launches the Green Your School Year Challenge

Written by Recyclebank
Published: August 17, 2011

NEW YORK—WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011—Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses, today launched the Recyclebank Green Your School Year Challenge, a nationwide effort to motivate and inspire families to make eco-friendly decisions throughout the school year. The Challenge, which runs from today until September 30, sets Recyclebank members on an interactive school year journey with opportunities to earn points along the way. The Challenge’s highest scorers and those who have referred the most friends have a chance to win more than 100 prizes, including a grand prize package valued at $7,500 designed to green all elements of the school year: a $2,500 Macy’s gift card, a $2,500 Bodhi electric bicycle, a $2,500 local grocer gift card from Ziploc® and a NOOK Color™ eReader. This Challenge is another step in Recyclebank’s goal of encouraging as many people as possible to make their lifestyles greener.


“As the school year goes into full swing for families across America, we urge everyone to examine their daily school year activities and consider how they impact the environment,” said Jonathan Hsu, chief executive officer at Recyclebank. “With our Green Your School Year Challenge, Recyclebank is making it fun and rewarding for both parents and kids to make greener decisions. Whether it’s packing a waste-free lunch, buying sustainably packaged school supplies or recycling your old computer, it’s the perfect time to get the entire family thinking green, as collectively, we can make a measurable difference on our planet.”


To take the challenge, people can visit and start earning points immediately. As the Challenge progresses, Recyclebank will reveal three stages of the school year—back-to-school school shopping, the first day of school and after school activities. Through each stage of the journey, participants take interactive quizzes, make pledges and learn eco-friendly tips relevant to the current theme. For each challenge completed, pledge promised or friend referred, participants earn points towards their overall score. These points can also be redeemed for discounts and deals from Recyclebank’s extensive reward partners.


Recyclebank Green Your School Year Challenge Prizes

One Grand Prize – valued at more than $7,500

  • $2,500 gift card to a local grocer to cover a year’s worth of school lunches, provided by Ziploc®
  • $2,500 Macy’s gift card
  • Bodhi Electric Bicycle, valued at more than $2,500
  • NOOK Color™ eReader
  • One year supply of Ziploc® bags and reusable containers


One First Place Prize – valued at more than $2,500

  • $2,500 gift card to a local grocer to cover a year’s worth of school lunches, provided by Ziploc®
  • One year supply of Ziploc® bags and reusable containers


10 Second Place Prizes – valued at more than $500

  • 10 one-on-one tutoring sessions, provided by EducateNcare
  • Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack
  • 30-pack box of SmartyPants™ On-The-Go!
  • Kids Konserve™ Waste Free Lunch Kit
  • 16-pack box of HAPPYSQUEEZE Smoothies from HAPPYFAMILY


100 Third Place Prizes

  • $15™ gift card
  • 1,000 Recyclebank® Points


Recyclebank Green Your School Year Challenge Sponsors

  • Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  • EducateNcare
  • Kids Konserve™
  • Macy’s
  • SmartyPants™
  • Voltaic
  • Ziploc®


For more details on the Recyclebank Green Your School Year Challenge, visit



Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and taking other environmentally-preferred actions. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit


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