NORTH OGDEN -- After two months of competition North Ogden is ranked seventh out of 50 cities competing in a nationwide recycling program.
North Ogden was chosen as Utah's representative in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge, a nationwide contest that aims to encourage waste reduction and increase household recycling.
During the challenge, one city from each state is competing to generate the highest recycling participation. The winning city will receive a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson for a community sustainability project, said Joanna Sowa, spokeswoman for SC Johnson.
"We are thrilled with the efforts our citizens are making and our ranking after just two months," said City Manager Ron Chandler. Everyone in North Ogden can recycle because recycling cans are included with trash pickup, he said.
There are also opportunities for residents to earn discounts on household items and restaurants from the website where residents register their recycling information.
Sowa is encouraging the entire city to register to be involved with the program so the city can win the grant. To do so, residents must go to www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices and sign up for a free account and then report recycling activity. Once signed up, residents must report recycling efforts at least once a month on the website. There are also smartphone apps available for download to make reporting easier.
North Ogden was chosen for the program because its recycling program has been in effect for several years. The contest will end in four months. At that time, the city can decide if it will continue to support Recyclebank.