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Communities Unite During Final Push in National Recycling Challenge

November 8, 2012

RACINE, Wis., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — With just two months remaining in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge, residents in communities across the country are rallying for the chance to receive a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson to be used for a sustainability project or program. The Challenge, which kicked-off in July, is a nationwide program encouraging residents in 50 communities, one per state, to achieve the highest reported recycling participation rate. One winning community will be announced in January 2013.

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Developed by SC Johnson and Recyclebank(®), the six-month program aims to inspire waste reduction and increase recycling efforts while educating local residents on the importance of everyday, sustainable actions. Community initiatives to support the Challenge have ranged from a local library in Russellville, Ark., that hosted a Green Night for Kids to a 12-year-old student in Indian Harbour, Fla., who volunteered to lead his class in promoting community-wide recycling.

“It’s inspiring to see residents in each of the 50 participating communities take action to make real positive environmental changes during the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability at SC Johnson. “As a family company, we believe that small behavior changes, such as communities coming together to recycle, could have an extraordinary impact.”

With two months remaining in the Challenge, participating communities are currently ranked as follows:

    1.     Lakes at
     Red Rock, Va.  2.     Huntington Woods, Mich.     3.     Horace, N.D.           4.     Union Grove, Wis. 5.     Hampstead, N.H.
    --------------- ------------------------------     -------------------           ------------------------ ----------------------
    6.     North
     Ogden, Utah    7.     Bluffton, S.C.              8.     Chatham Borough, N.J.  9.     Ocean Pines, Md.  10.   Fuquay Varina, N.C.
    ------------    ---------------------              ----------------------------  -----------------------  -------------------------
    11.   Indian
     Harbour Beach,
     Fla.           12.   Clinton, Miss.               13.   Aurora, N.Y.            14.   Newton, Kan.       15.   Moraine, Ohio
    --------------- --------------------               ------------------            ------------------       -------------------
    16.   Macungie,
     Pa.            17.   Independence, Iowa           18.   Middletown, Del.        19.   Hutto, Texas       20.   Lewisburg, Tenn.
    --------------- ------------------------           ----------------------        ------------------       ----------------------
    21.   Bellevue,
     Neb.           22.   Mill Creek, Wash.            23.   East Grand Forks, Minn. 24.   Milliken, Colo.    25.   Eagle River, Alaska
    --------------- -----------------------            ----------------------------- ---------------------    -------------------------
    26.   Laramie,
     Wyo.           27.   Klamath Falls, Ore.          28.   Los Ranchos, N.M.       29.   Underhill, Vt.     30.   Lake Station, Ind.
    --------------  -------------------------          -----------------------       --------------------     ------------------------
    31.   Bozeman,
     Mont.          32.   Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo. 33.   Westwood, Mass.         34.   Farmington, Conn.  35.   Hailey, Idaho
    --------------  ---------------------------------- ---------------------         -----------------------  -------------------
    36.   Saint
     Tammany, La.   37.   Buffalo Grove, IIl.          38.   Marietta, Ga.           39.   Bridgeport, W. Va. 40.   Incline Village, Nev.
    -------------   -------------------------          -------------------           ------------------------ ---------------------------
    41.   Show Low,
     Ariz.          42.   Russellville, Ark.           43.   Choctaw, Okla.          44.   Trussville, Ala.   45.   Scarborough, Maine
    --------------- ------------------------           --------------------          ----------------------   ------------------------
    46.   Franklin
     County, Ky.    47.   Woonsocket, R.I.             48.   Capitola, Calif.        49.   Rapid City, S.D.   50.   Kailua-Kona,  Hawaii
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“We are excited to see the incredible sustainable changes taking place in these communities across the country as part of the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge,” said Jonathan Hsu, Chief Executive Officer at Recyclebank, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals. “It’s fantastic to see residents feel empowered to make a positive environmental impact in their communities.”

Log on to www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices every month to view the full leaderboard and track the progress of each community. To learn more about the sustainability efforts of SC Johnson, visit www.scjohnson.com/greenchoices, follow them on Twitter @SCJGreenChoices or access its 2011 Public Report at www.scjohnson.com/2011Report

ABOUT SC JOHNSON
SC Johnson is a family-owned and managed business dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR. MUSCLE®, and RIDSECT®. The 126-year-old company, that generates $9 billion in sales, employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

ABOUT RECYCLEBANK
Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 4,000 local businesses and national brands. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank empowers individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling and taking other environmentally-friendly actions. A Certified B Corporation, Recyclebank has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.Recyclebank.com

CONTACT
Jam Stewart
262-260-2440
JMStewar@scj.com

Lauren Svoboda
312-240-3038
Lauren.svoboda @edelman.com

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