This past spring, Boston Public Schools hosted its first annual BPS Race to Recycle competition, encouraging schools to kick their recycling into high gear and really demonstrate that their school is committed to recycling.
All BPS schools recycle single-stream, and many of them have outstanding recycling programs. But for three weeks, school recycling teams competing in the BPS Race to Recycle worked together to closely measure the total amount of waste collected at their school. Both the trash and recycling streams were carefully measured every day, which provides the information needed to calculate a school’s recycling diversion rate. The recycling diversion rate is a metric used to calculate the total amount of recycling compared to the total amount of trash.
By recycling all materials from the classroom and cafeteria single-stream, Boston schools are helping to educate their community about the importance of recycling, decrease Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions, and save valuable natural resources.
The Race to Recycle winners included categories for the most improved recycling rate, highest diversion rate, and best outreach and education program. The below winners claimed the ultimate prize – being honored by Mayor Walsh at the City of Boston’s Greenovate Summit! Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all schools that participated!