School Recycling Contest 2023

Earn $50 for every 5 shipments of trash you send in through select TerraCycle free recycling programs!

When you recycle with TerraCycle, your school can earn $50* for every 5 shipments of hard-to-recycle trash you send in through select free recycling programs!

That’s $50 on top of the TerraCycle Recycling Rewards points you’ll receive just from recycling through our free recycling programs that can go towards school field trips, fun projects, supplies, and more! All you have to do is ask your staff and students to bring in accepted items from our many free recycling programs. They’ll learn the importance of recycling, you’ll prevent hard-to-recycle trash from going to landfills and incinerators, and your school will benefit from the rewards.


*All awards are points equivalent; payments occur on a biannual basis.

Shipments must be made through select free recycling programs listed here

How it works

  1. Create a TerraCycle account for your school. Make sure to choose “School” as your organization type.

  2. Join free recycling programs. See our suggestions here!

  3. Set up a recycling hub in your school using materials on hand.

  4. Spread the word and let students, parents, and faculty know they can fundraise just by recycling trash that can't typically be recycled curbside. Pro tip: Check out the outreach resources for turnkey ways to share!

  5. When your collection bin is full, download a free shipping label for each program and send the trash to us to be recycled.

  6. You’ll receive TerraCycle Recycling Rewards points that can be redeemed as a donation to your school! And for every 5 shipments through select TerraCycle free recycling programs, you’ll earn $50—and there’s no minimum on how many you can ship in, so send in those shipments now!


  1. $50 in TerraCycle Recycling Rewards points for every 5 qualifying shipments you send in—no quantity or weight minimum for your shipments, so send one in today!