Thousands of pounds of empty bottles jam San Lorenzo Valley recycling centers every month.

Local school kids and classes have until Thursday to register for the 2019 K-12 Recycling Challenge.

The challenge — sponsored by the group Keep California Beautiful, the PaperSeed Foundation, and their partners — asks students, teachers and school staff to recycle the most material during a one-month period and report their totals, verified by receipts from their recycling hauler.

The groups will reward five cash prizes in 18 different categories targeting one type of recyclable. First place schools will receive $1,000; second place, $600; third place, $350; fourth place, $200; fifth place, $100.

All California public, private and charter schools are eligible but must register at by Thursday to be part of the 2019 K-12 Recycling Challenge.

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