The Ottawa Play Task Force is facing off against the Holley Navarre Intermediate School of Navarre, Fla., in a “Recycling Rumble,” now through April 30, to raise money by recycling, task force members said.

The winners will have a chance to earn cash and an Apple iPad, compliments of FundingFactory, a national fundraising-through-recycling program based in Erie, Pa., according to a news release.  

“This could earn us an additional 25-percent reward per item if we can out-recycle the folks in Navarre,” Pete Hornung, task force member, said.

If the Ottawa group wins the iPad, it will conduct a raffle, as an additional effort to raise funds for playgrounds in Ottawa, task force members said.

In the past two years, Ottawa has raised more than $1,000 in cash and rewards by recycling empty laser and inkjet cartridges and used cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, GPS devices and digital cameras with FundingFactory, the release said.

FundingFactory matched Ottawa against Navarre because of their comparable recycling rate, according to the release. The winning organization would earn a 25-percent fundraising bonus, in addition to the value of all recyclables sent into FundingFactory through April 30, the release said, with the top recycler among all nationwide match-ups winning an Apple iPad.  

“A little healthy competition goes a long way,” Sean Michaels, co-president of FundingFactory, said in the release. “Recycling Rumble is a fun, earth-friendly way to motivate the whole community to get involved in recycling and raising money for a worthy cause. In the end, we all win by making the world a cleaner place to live.”  

The Ottawa group was readying a shipment, so the timing was good according to task force coordinator Wynndee Lee.

“I am hoping this will get even more folks involved in our fundraising effort to replace the playground at Forest Park, while recycling these items at no cost to them,” Lee said.

Community members and local businesses are asked to drop off their used ink and laser cartridges and small electronics through April 15 in the marked collection bins at Ottawa City Hall, Great Southern Bank, Ottawa Family Physicians, Arvest Bank, Bank of the West, Kansas State Bank, Garnett State Savings Bank, Peoples Bank, Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building and the Mowbray Union at Ottawa University.

For information about supporting the current project — a new playground at Forest Park — as an individual or business supporter, call Lee at (785) 229-3621. Go to or to learn more about the 2013 Recycling Rumble.