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Gardena & Cerritos Schools Make $$$ From Recycling

This spring, six elementary schools took part in the 5th annual Earth Day Recycling Competition put on by the City of Gardena, the City of Cerritos and KJServices Environmental Consulting.

Two schools from the City of Cerritos participated in this year’s Earth Day Recycling Competition: Carver Academy and Joe A. Gonsalves Elementary. Students from Carver earned nearly $500 from collecting recyclable bottles and cans. The 5th grade class were the big winners, gathering the most of any grade level (see photos below).


The students of Jose A. Gonsalves Elementary in Cerritos collected over 1,100 pounds of cans and bottles, netting their school a profit of over $1,200.  Things always get very competitive between the grade levels at Gonsalves, resulting in some very robust collection totals! Ultimately, the 5th graders, backed by the strength of the Student Council, won out.


The 5th graders’ impressive totals even earned an article in the local Los Cerritos News!

The winner grades of each school were treated to an ice cream party for their efforts. Below, 5th graders from Carver Academy in Cerritos enjoy the spoils of their victory.


Meanwhile in Gardena, Denker Avenue Elementary had their best year ever, collecting over 900 pounds of bottles & cans!


Happy Denker Avenue Elementary students stand next to their huge collection of recycling!

Kindergarten was the winning grade level, although the fifth graders gave them a run for their money. All the grade levels pulled out all the stops at Denker this year, earning their school nearly $900 in fundraising. Congrats, Denker!



Amestoy Elementary Kindergartners came through big time!


Thank you to the parent volunteers who help us sort through the recycling every year!

Over at Amestoy Elementary, students and parent helpers contributed to a big win by the Kindergarten class. The Kindergartners helped contribute to a total of over 850 lbs of recycling collected from the school; that equals more than $900 of fundraising for Amestoy. Great job!


The only thing Amestoy Kindergartners love more than collecting recyclables, is eating their ice cream prize!


Chapman Elementary and 135th St. Elementary also did a great job this year, collecting 425 lbs and 118 lbs of recyclables, respectively.  Special shout-out to the students from Chapman, who came out to recycle their bottles & cans even in the rain!


All smiles despite a rainy day!


Second graders from Chapman Elementary pose next to their winning pile of recyclables.


It was the littlest helpers who did the most at 135th St. Elementary, as the Pre-K class brought in the most recyclables of any grade level. The students earned more than $150 for their school. Great job, 135th!



Pre-K students lining up to recycle!


Pre-K kids stayed afterwards to learn more about all kinds of recycling.


Earth Day recycling events like these are one of the best ways to get kids interested and excited about helping our environment. Plus, fundraising gets students, faculty and parents involved in school spirit AND spreads a great environmental message that carries over to recycling at home and in the classroom. For more information on school recycling programs, contact Kevin of KJServices at (562) 944-4766 or email info@kjservicesenviro.com.

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KJServices 2014–2015 Year End Projects

During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, KJServices Environmental Consulting was proud to conduct many different recycling programs throughout cities in Southern California. These included outreach programs to elementary schools, Earth Day celebrations, scrap tire recycling, used oil filter exchanges and many community events where we got a chance to speak to residents directly about the importance of recycling and environmental programs.

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Elementary School Bottle & Can Recycling

Elementary schools in the Cities of Gardena and Cerritos competed in an Earth Day bottle & can recycling contest. All recyclables collected by the students were redeemed for cash for their schools! These events are great fundraisers for the schools, and fun activities that get kids engaged in recycling habits for life.


 Vernon Elementary Earth Day

 We had a wonderful time coordinating the 2015 Earth Day celebration at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon, CA. Students learned about all types of recycling: paper, plastic, glass, metal, and composting at a series of interactive learning centers. We love engaging with young people who are excited to learn more about recycling and our environment!

Tire Collection

KJServices staffed a series of tire collection events at various sites in the Coachella Valley, the Lake Elsinore area, and in cities around Norwalk and Torrance, CA. During these events combined, we collected nearly 10,000 scrap tires to recycle! (That’s well over 100 tons!!!) The rubber from these tires is taken to a recycling plant, chopped up into mulch and then can be used for a number of new materials, including asphalt, playground flooring, rubber mats, and even shoes and clothes!

Filter Exchanges

Held at auto parts stores like AutoZone, O’Reilly’s and Pep Boys, used oil filter exchanges are some of our most popular community recycling events. Residents can bring their used oil to recycle for free and if they also bring an old oil filter, they receive a voucher for a free, new oil filter. Used oil is a hazardous waste and it is illegal and dangerous for it to be dumped down the drain or abandoned in an alley. Filter exchanges are a great opportunity to engage do-it-yourselfers in environmentally conscious practices and incentivize recycling at the local level.

Community Events

 KJServices represented many Cities at community events over the past fiscal year. Here are some photos from our favorite events!

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KJServices Celebrates Earth Day 2015!

April 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. First proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day was designated as a “national day for the environment” and today is celebrated around the U.S. and around the world. The founding of Earth Day lead to the passage of a wave of environmental legislation in the 1970s, including the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the establishment of Clean Water Act in 1972. Today, California is one of the country’s leaders in environmental issues, and cities and countries statewide participate in Earth Day activities.

We at KJServices are proud to be participating in a multitude of Earth Day events this April. If you can’t make it out to see us at one of these events, you can find Earth Day celebrations near you by visiting CalRecycle’s Earth Day page.

Come visit us at one of the following Earth Day events in Southern California!


Madrona Marsh Earth Day Fair

Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Madrona Marsh Nature Center
3201 Plaza Del Amo Terrace
Torrance, CA 90503

Celebrate Earth Day by attending this free Fair sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center. Environmental Educators will be here exhibiting and will each have a booth. A food truck will be on-site to purchase lunch. Live animals, turtles to adopt, music, crafts and docent led tours are just some of the fun events happening at the fair. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.



Inglewood Earth Day Festival 

“From the Soil to the Sky”
Saturday, April 18th, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Inglewood Civic Center, South Lawn
1 West Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

Hosted by the City of Inglewood and the Social Justice Learning Institute.


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STAR Eco Station Children’s Earth Day

Sunday, April 19th, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Celebrate Planet Earth the way no one else can at STAR Eco Station’s 15th Annual CHILDREN’S EARTH DAY! Enjoy a day filled with incredible performances, exciting crafts and games, super cool celebrity guests, awesome non-profit exhibitors, delicious food, environmental agencies and many more surprises! Use the hashtag #MyEarthDayPledge to share how you plan to improve your community, preserve our natural resources and save our planet.




Beverly Hills Earth Day

Sunday, April 19th, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Beverly Hills Farmers Market
9300 Civic Center Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 285-6830

Hosted by the Public Works Services department, this city event brings global environmental awareness locally to Beverly Hills!  The Earth Day celebration encourages citizens to “take the lead” on environmental conservation and sustainability.

Several vendors scheduled to attend will highlight:

  • Water conservation and rainwater harvesting
  • Tax-deductible used toy recycling* (click here for more details)
  • Solar power alternatives
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Sustainable gardening and composting
  • Bee pollination and Monarch butterfly education
  • Pet adoptions

A mobile earthquake simulator will also be on display to promote emergency preparedness.  Our Beverly Hills Library will also have story-time and recycling-themed crafts and books.

Free confidential document shredding will also be on-site.  Complimentary 20-pound bags of compost and water conscious shower timers (while supplies last).  Good for all ages so become an environmental partner and join the celebration!


City of Torrance Earth Day Recycling Event

Saturday, April 25th, 8 a.m. — 12 p.m.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA
Employee Parking Lot
Intersection of 190th Street & Van Ness
Torrance, CA 90501

Torrance residents can donate their old clothes & shoes, bring their documents to be shredded, electronic waste to be recycled, and even get a free used oil filter with the donation of a used oil filter. See flyer (above) for details or visit Recycle Torrance.

For more information on these Earth Day events, or any KJServices events, please contact us at (562) 944-4766 or via email at info@kjservicesenviro.com.