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Start recycling right with standardized recycling labels for your school that will help you to improve recycling and save your school money.

The Idea

Do you want to help students in your school recycle right AND save your school money? The Recycle Across America Schools Program is the program for you! Recycling is one of the most important actions society can take to simultaneously help the environment, the economy, manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans -- but recycling doesn't work if society is confused at...

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The Idea

Do you want to help students in your school recycle right AND save your school money? The Recycle Across America Schools Pr...

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Join the communities already benefitting from starting a Recycle Across America

You'll get guides and resources on how to bring this idea to life.

There is no funding available for this idea in Spain, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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Start Recycling Right

“With more than 157 languages and dialects spoken, the Recycle Across America labels have made ‘recycling right’ universally understood for our students and staff. Since July of 2016, Orange County Public Schools has increased recycling by over 5,...

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Recycle Across America
Jennifer Fowler
Director of Environmental Compliance at OCPS

How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share impact by posting a summary and photos and completing a survey.

Great for

  • A teacher, administrator, or parent
  • Passionate about recycling right
  • Want your school to lead the way in recycling right

Recycle Across America project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Fill in the Intake Form
  • Order your Labels
  • Attach the Labels
  • Educate & share across the school
  • Share photos & thank you


Suggested: You'll need to dedicate a couple of hours to get your school on board, figuring out how this program will align with your existing recycling program and once you order your labels, you'll need a couple of hours to attach them and to ensure everyone in your school understands the program. Once the labels are attached, there isn't much ongoing time involved other than to assess how much your recycling rate has improved and how much money your school is saving in the process!


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Recycle Across America

41 Recycle Across America projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to Recycle Across America! Here you will learn how you can help fix recycling, starting in your school. It’s a simple solution with amazing results.

Mitch Hedlund, Founder & Executive Director, Recycle Across America

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

  • What can funding be used for?

    Once funding is received it can be used to cover direct set-up costs of the new community project. For example space rental, insurance fees, seeds and planting materials, tools, training fees; pretty much any materials you might need for a project that benefits your community.

    Funds cannot be used for the costs of work that has already been carried out, costs unrelated to the setup and maintenance of the new project, payments to group members for their work on the project. Funds can’t be used for the promotion of religious causes, non-charitable activities, sponsorship or fundraising events. Please read the terms and conditions for further details.

  • How do I know if there is funding available?

    On idea pages, if there is funding available for the idea in your region you will see “Funding available” and the region listed in the turquoise box. When you first login you will also see a green banner at the top of the screen saying “live funds near you” if there is funding available in your region. The ChangeX homepage will feature those live funds near you.

    A note on the waitlist: when all the funding has been allocated to applicants, new applicants will go on a waitlist. If some applicants that are in the fund don’t successfully complete the 30 Day Challenge their funding will be released and can be then allocated to those on the waitlist. To see if you are going on a waitlist check the main fund page, ideas fully allocated will have the note “Join the waitlist” instead of “Apply to start”.

  • What is ChangeX?

    ChangeX is a platform that connects communities to proven ideas and funding.

    By empowering local changemakers with proven ideas from social innovators and accessible funding from our partners, we aim to build healthier, more inclusive and sustainable communities. Our work is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and together with our partners, we aim to impact 1 billion people globally by 2030.

    • Communities: Get the funding, resources and support you need to start impactful projects in your community.
    • Social innovators: Connect with local changemakers, access funding to scale your idea, and impact more communities globally.
    • Funders: Fund the themes and regions they care most about, with measurable impact, and at global scale.

    We believe that by bringing the best social innovations and the world’s changemakers together in a shared community, we can accelerate the spread of innovations across the world and have a bigger impact. Together we aim to unleash the potential of changemakers by enabling collaboration, by sharing knowledge and resources, by connecting changemakers across different disciplines and innovations and by opening up access to the world’s best proven social innovations to everyone.

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