GET IN ON THE ACTION and BUILD on the IMPACT we’ve been making since 2010:
Plastic bottles and aluminum cans recycled through the program to date.
Prizes and Rewards
Awarded in the form of cash, gift cards, and merchandise to hundreds of schools through recycling contests and promotions.
Across the U.S. have participated and joined this organized recycling effort.
Nurturing our future today.
Whether you’ve been recycling for years or are just getting started, Recycle Rally will help boost the excitement and provide an array of tools to make recycling a big deal in your school.
HOW TO RALLY.
Meeting Your Needs.
We know your days are already busy enough, so we designed Recycle Rally to be easy and flexible. Whether you take advantage of just a few benefits or participate in every one of the contests and promotions, we think you'll find Recycle Rally to be very worthwhile. Explore some of the opportunities below:
CONTESTS AND PROMOTIONS
Look for "Rally to Win" emails on a regular basis and participate in our Contests and Promotions as your schedule allows. There are plenty of chances for everyone to win!
Promotions may involve the following:
1) Small or moderate prizes prizes ($10-$200 value) for taking simple actions to get involved in the Rally of promoting recycling through our suggested activities
2) Large prizes ($50 to $1,000 value) for submitting ideas, projects or campaigns that are selected by our judges
3) Huge prizes ($500 to 25,000 value) for schools that qualify and earn top spots in our annual Challenge League Collection Contest*.
*None of the promotions are based on collecting the largest quantify of recyclables except the Collection Contest. Other promotions are based on various ways of engaging students in recycling.
GOAL SETTING AND TRACKING
Our website includes a user-friendly tool to help you establish a customized recycling goal for your school and track your progress throughout the year.
It's easy to tally your collection totals by simply clicking to select how many bags of bottles and cans you collected*. We’ll convert that to an estimated number of bottles and cans and display it in your downloadable progress report.
We also provide 'fun fact' reports to help translate your recycling accomplishments into environmental impacts and tangible visuals, such as comparing the weight of your recyclables to that of an animal or school bus.
*Schools that qualify and choose to participate in our Challenge League Collection Contest will report their totals by weight, using a handheld scale provided by us, instead of the bag count method.
It's nice to be rewarded for doing the right thing, isn't it?
You'll have the opportunity to earn reward points when you tally your recycling activity through your online account.
Points are easy to redeem and can be used to acquire supplies, such as recycling bins, bags, gloves, etc. or fun Recycle Rally merchandise to thank your dedicated team of recycling rock stars.
After you sign up and log in to your account, we encourage you to browse through our Resource Library regularly to download and utilize helpful resources.
Whether you want to blanket the halls with signs and posters to get the word out, or if you want to take advantage of our letter templates to help recruit volunteers to help, we’ve got you covered.
We also offer printable certificates to help recognize those dedicated recyclers in your school.
If it's recycling bins that you want, we've got 'em!
You can redeem your rewards points for bins as you earn them throughout the year. If you need accompanying items like gloves and bags, your rewards points can help acquire those too.
If you're just getting started and don't have many points yet – don't fret! We encourage you to make your own bins, like the green one on the left, which was made by Torres Elementary. It’s fun and it might even give you a chance to win a prize through one of our promotions.
We offer a range from small, portable pop-up bins to large free-standing bins. Determine what you need and start accumulating points today!
Want to see who's the most dedicated group in your school? Our website makes it easy to manage your own internal leaderboard to see who can claim the title in your school.
Set it up to compare however you want – by classroom, grade level, department, wing, lunch period, etc.
To build school-wide pride, visit our national leaderboard to see how your school stacks up against others across the country.
Lessons and Activities
Working hard to teach to Common Core Learning Standards or Next Generation Science Standards?
We've worked with educators and Eco Myths Alliance to develop several fun, engaging, multi-disciplinary units that can help you with that, while building on the students' first-hand involvement with recycling. We've created multiple versions of each to ensure we covered the gamut of grade levels.
Our exclusive Lessons and Activities portal also offers opportunities for you to download recycling-themed plans submitted by your peers. In addition, we offer science lessons developed by our friends at The Nature Conservancy, which is just another benefit of our Recycle for Nature partnership.
Download a sample lesson for your classroom today!
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
Want to take your enthusiasm for recycling a step further?
Host a recycling awareness assembly or even a recycling drive to involve parents and community members to get involved and help you make an even bigger impact.
In our Resource Library, you’ll find sample letters and invitations to help involve parents, local community leaders, and media in your events.
Don't forget to earn and redeem those rewards points for fun prizes to giveaway at your events to make them extra special!
We've been blown away by some of the creative ideas Rally schools have come up with over the years.
Whether your students are artistically inclined or practical engineers-in-the-making, we encourage you to engage them in fun projects to re-purpose used materials, or to call attention to the importance of recycling.
Watch your inbox for emails about related promotions - we may offer some valuable incentives for sharing your creative project ideas with us throughout the year.
Developing Leadership Skills
We highly recommend you enlist a student or group of students to help lead the way for your school’s recycling efforts. It will make Recycle Rally more fun and rewarding for everyone at your school.
Green Teams or Recycling Clubs are great ways to give mindful students a strong purpose.
Recycle Rally gives these groups tools, responsibilities, and critical experiences to help them become stronger leaders in their schools and communities.
INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY
We'll equip you with tools to help broadcast your excitement to the rest of your community.
Whether you share our social media-friendly progress reports, or enlist a local club or organization to support your recycling efforts, Recycle Rally can give your community a lot to feel good about.
Schools that have qualified and participated in our annual Challenge League Collection Contest have become recycling beacons in their communities. Parents and other locals who care about the school and/or environment tend to lend a hand by helping to collect bags of bottles and cans and cheering them on as they climb their way up the national leaderboard.
Connecting With a Network of Schools
Have some bright ideas that helped increase recycling at your school?
We're always looking to hear them and then share them with the rest of the Recycle Rally network.
We continually compile stories and tidbits from our participants to help us update our Best Practices document, which is available to download in our online Resource Library.
We also send out Rally Reader newsletters to profile success stories and help you get the most out of the Rally.
Ready to Rally.
We know you're excited but might still have some questions about how Recycle Rally works. No problem! Here are a few more things you might want to know:
• USE YOUR CURRENT RECYCLING HAULER OR LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED HELP
If you are already able to recycle bottles and cans at your school, then simply keep it up and take advantage of Recycle Rally to help boost your recycling rates and raise excitement to whole new levels. If this is new for you, then reference our Hauler Toolkit or email us for help.
• ANY ADULT AFFILIATED WITH YOUR SCHOOL CAN SIGN UP
Whether a teacher, administrator, staff, or PTO/PTA parent, you can fill out our short online application on behalf of your school and start benefiting from recycling right away. It’s easy to add others from your school or designate a different primary point of contact after your account is established.
• AFTER YOU SIGN UP
We’ll set up your online account and send you a Quick Start Guide with some tips to help get the most out of your Rally experience. Then you can peruse our exclusive access website and keep your eyes peeled for emails from us with announcements about Rally news and promotions.
Now's the time
Start helping your school and the planet today by filling out our simple online application to participate. It takes only a few minutes to complete and participation is free.
WIN EARLY. WIN OFTEN.
Participate in some or all of the following promotions as your schedule allows. Also keep an eye out for opportunities to earn bonus points throughout the year. An exciting year awaits.
SET A GOAL AND GET STARTED
Establish a recycling goal for the rest of the school year, load it into your PepsiCo Recycling account, and log your first recycling activity (no matter how big or small) toward that goal to earn a gift card.
ESTABLISH A PLAN
Use our simple tools to evaluate your current recycling rates and to identify opportunities to improve. Share your results and at least one action step that you plan to take to increase recycling at your school to earn a nice reward!
COMPETE WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL
Celebrate America Recycles Day by setting up a fun competition between classrooms, departments, lunch periods, etc. to see who is your school's recycling champ! Earn a prize for telling us who won and how they did it.
BRING ON THE FUN
Use our suggestions or, better yet, come up with your own ideas to make recycling more exciting! Submit a photo of a recycling activity or game in action at your school for a reward and strive for bigger prizes by sharing your unique ideas with our judges.
SPREAD THE WORD
Start the new year off by making sure everyone knows how important recycling is. Post signage or use social media to educate about the importance of recycling. Share a photo or screenshot with us to earn a nice bonus!
HOST A RECYCLING DRIVE
Reference our tips or come up with your own way of putting extra emphasis on recycling for a special collection day, week, etc. Earn special bonuses for taking this step to involve more students, parents, or community members.
SHARE EDUCATIONAL RECYCLING PROJECTS
Attention clever educators, passionate recyclers, and do-it-yourselfers: we want to hear your ideas for projects such as science experiments, inventions to facilitate recycling, or arts & crafts related to recycling. Share a photo & description for your opportunity to win.
WRITE OR SING TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Earth Day is a special time to reflect on the importance of our natural resources. While you're at it, share original poetry, song(s), or skit(s) about recycling with our judges to compete for prizes while you make that final push to finish toward the top of our leaderboard.
KEEP ON RECYCLING!
The school year may be winding down but that is no reason to take a break from recycling! Keep an eye out for special incentives to keep the momentum going all summer long in your community.
Recycle Rally schools can compare their year-to-date collection totals vs. other schools across the nation by searching our leaderboards. Select which league you want to view and then you may sort by city, state, or school name.
Schools that report recycling via the mixed bag count method
* number of containers is estimated and calculated, not actual
Schools that report recycling via the weighing method