Trash to Cash Now Over $75,000

Rochester Hills Schools Receive $25,000 for Green Projects

On Monday, May 15, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett announced that 12 Rochester Hills Schools received $24,583 as part of the annual Recyclebank Green Schools Program. Representatives from 12 Rochester Hills schools gathered at the Rochester Community Schools Administration building to receive their checks and share how their projects are creating a more sustainable learning environment.

2017 Green Schools Program Check Presentation

2017 Green Schools Program Check Presentation

Through a strong partnership with both Recyclebank and the Rochester Community Schools, Rochester Hills submitted 12 school projects and all 12 were selected for the program. Designed by students, teachers, and PTA groups, these projects identify the unique ways we can create less waste, use less energy, and create meaningful connections to the outdoors for our youth.

Throughout the year, residents put recyclable items in their green bin. As they recycle, points are earned that can be used for different rewards like free popcorn at Emagine Theatre, a gallon of milk from Hollywood Market, and even free yoga classes. However, for just one month a year, residents can choose to donate these points to the school of their choice and help them achieve their fundraising goals.

Trash to Cash Now Over $75,000 for Rochester Community Schools

This year, residents not only donated enough points to fully fund all 12 projects, they donated more points than any city in the Midwest. Rochester Hills schools have been longtime participants in Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program. To date, Recyclebank has given over $75,000 to Rochester Community Schools.

“Over the years our students and teachers have continued to find innovative ways to make their schools a greener place,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “This is the ninth consecutive year Rochester Hills schools have received Green Schools grants. Thanks to our residents’ generosity in donating their Recyclebank points, we have always fully funded each project. We are national leaders once again.” 


  • Brewster Elementary –  Outdoor learning space
  • Brooklands Elementary  – Outdoor Classroom Improvements
  • Hamlin Elementary – Recycling
  • Hampton Elementary –  Outdoor Classroom & Garden
  • Long Meadow Elementary –  Water bottle refilling stations
  • North Hill Elementary –  Recycling
  • Rochester Adams High School – Recycling Station
  • Rochester High School Green Club –  Hand Dryers
  • Stoney Creek High School –  Water bottle refilling stations
  • University Hills Elementary –  Water bottle refilling stations
  • Van Hoosen Middle School – Hand Dryers
  • West Middle School – Recycling Station

To learn more about these projects, visit

If not already a Recyclebank member, Rochester Hills residents can easily sign-up by visiting and following the quick prompts to set up an account and verify their home address.

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