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PHILADELPHIA - - Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that 14 Philadelphia public schools successfully raised nearly $30,000 as part of the annual Recyclebank Green Schools Program, which awards schools grant money for unique student projects that will green their classrooms and communities.

The schools received the grant money at a Green School Check Presentation held at the E.M Stanton School today. Mayor Kenney was joined by Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams; Recyclebank, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Paul Winn; and representatives from the participating public schools.

Recyclebank® (, the City’s partner in the Recycling Rewards Program, uses education and incentives as a platform to change behaviors focused on waste.  The Recyclebank Green Schools Program is designed to empower youth to become green heroes and make a positive green impact in their communities.

“This is a proud day for the City of Philadelphia, as we are awarding 14 local schools the opportunity to turn their visions for greening our schools and communities into a reality,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Together with our long-standing partner Recyclebank, we are empowering our youth to collectively make a positive impact on the environment via their thoughtful and creative green projects.” 

Each year, participating schools work to encourage residents to donate Recyclebank points to fund their unique and creative environmental projects designed to positively affect students, educators and communities. Recyclebank then transfers the points into real dollars—turning the community's green actions into funds (up to $2,500) for the school.

This year, Recyclebank has granted $46,934 to 22 public and charter schools in Philadelphia.  In 2016, $31,000 was granted.  Since 2010, Philadelphia schools have received more than $205,000 in grants through this program.

"The Recyclebank Green Schools Program grows in popularity every year, with more schools participating.  Our Philadelphia community, including our parents, teachers and students, see the value in sustainability and how it can improve their lives and inspire great ideas,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. "I am also very proud of the many residents who generously chose to donate their Philadelphia Recycling Rewards points to benefit the schools and their creative environmental projects.”

"Now in its seventh year, the Green Schools Program in Philadelphia is proof that recycling and sustainability are a part of our everyday life.  The students and educators who participate in our program and worked on making their projects successful deserve our appreciation and congratulations on a job well done,” said Denise McVeigh, Recyclebank Senior Account Manager.

Since 2007, the Recyclebank Green Schools Program has granted more than $500K to more than 500 school projects nationwide. To learn more about the program, visit

The 14 public schools that participated in the program and obtained grants include:

  • Bache-Martin Elementary School
  • C.W. Henry School
  • E.M. Stanton
  • Frances E. Willard Elementary
  • George W. Nebinger Elementary School
  • George Washington Carver Engineering & Science
  • John B. Kelly Elementary School
  • John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
  • McCall School
  • Overbrook Educational Center
  • Thomas May Peirce Elementary School
  • WB Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences
  • William Cramp Community School
  • William M. Meredith Home and School Association


About Recyclebank

For more than 10 years, Recyclebank has been working toward a waste-free future by focusing on the real-world impact of inspiring and motivating individuals. As the first rewards-for-recycling program of its kind, it introduced the principles of a circular economy to a mainstream audience. By partnering with communities and a variety of brands, Recyclebank leverages its Marketing-as-a-Service (MaaS) Platform utilizing data, education and incentives to encourage more than 3 million members to make better purchasing and disposal habits. A certified B Corporation, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit or find them @Recyclebank or