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Green Schools Program

Program Overview

The Green Schools Program is associated with the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program - a partnership between the Streets Department and Recyclebank that allows residents with City-provided recycling collection to earn points for the amount they recycle and reduce trash. Promoting environmental education, innovation and creative solutions, this exciting program could earn schools up to $2,500.

2016-2017 Program

Important Dates:

Application Period Begins September 23, 2016
Applications Due December 4, 2016
Accepted Schools Are Notified December 12, 2016
Donation Period Begins January 9, 2017
Donation Period Ends March 15, 2017
Results Annouced and Checks Mailed April 15, 2017

How It Works

  • Schools submit applications for a green project they want to do this school year
  • Recyclebank evaluates the applications and selects the schools that will receive the grants
  • Maximum grant amount per school request is $2,500
  • If accepted, it's up to the school to get teachers, parents, friends and community members to donate their Recyclebank points to raise the amount of donations for the project
  • Recyclebank points will be turned into dollars. For every 250 points donated to a school, Recyclebank will award $1.00 toward the school's project

We encourage students and teachers to spread the word to their friends and family. Donated Recyclebank points can come from anywhere, so schools can reach out to members outside of Philadelphia for help making their goals a reality.


How To Help

  • Log on to:
  • Click “View Projects and Donate”
  • All participating schools will be listed in alphabetical order by state
  • Click the name of the school you wish to donate to
  • View their green plan and budget
  • Enter in the amount of points you wish to donate in the box to left and click “DONATE”

Don’t have an online account? Call 1.888.727.2978 to set one up.