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BRIDGEPORT -

The city of Bridgeport could become $100,000 richer.

"Waste management, Recyclebank and SC Johnson have joined together to offer Bridgeport the opportunity to participate in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge. It's a nationwide competition to get us all to recycle. By joining in, we can help get a $100,000 grant for the city of Bridgeport," said Amanda Marks-Cunningham, with Waste Management.

Your trash could help Bridgeport take the lead.

"The contest is won based on our increased in percentage on how much is coming into the recycling facility," Marks-Cunningham said.

The city is currently in 38th place out of 50 in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge.

Another part of the initiative to promote recycling is through Recyclebank.

Recyclebank is a website that rewards recyclers with discounts.

"You can report your recycling participation on this web site and you can earn points that will then convert into deals and discounts on products," Marks-Cunningham said.

If Bridgeport moves into first place, the money would go toward a community sustainability project.

Some students at Bridgeport High School are pitching in, but not just by throwing their trash in the right bin.

"It's called the trickle up effect. The young ones are motivating the older people to recycle. The young people actually recycle more than the old people," said Trina Runner, Marketing Teacher at Bridgeport High School.

"We are going to make a commercial," said Katy Johnston, a senior at Bridgeport High School.

"We are doing an entire public relations campaign in conjunction with waste management, and we're also going to be working with Connect Bridgeport to get more people on the site," Runner said.

The competition kicked off in July and will run until December 31.