Does Your Local School Recycle? Register for Recycle-Bowl!

Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl is fast-approaching.

The annual K-12 recycling competition, sponsored by Nestlé® Pure Life®, a brand of Nestlé Waters North America, takes place from Oct. 21 through Nov. 15, culminating on America Recycles Day. All participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect during the four-week competition.

To be eligible for cash prizes, registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (Schools may register through Oct. 21, but will not be eligible for cash prizes.)

Recycle-Bowl, now in its third year, is designed to motivate K-12 students and members of their school communities to improve their recycling habits. Not only does the competition educate students about the benefits of recycling, it also helps motivate kids to adopt sustainable behaviors early in life.

Schools in all 50 states competed last year, reaching nearly 1 million students across America. The competition’s 2012 national champion was Taylor Primary School in Kokomo, Ind., where students recycled 47 pounds of waste per child.

Whether your school is an experienced “veteran” or a recycling “rookie,” every school can use Recycle-Bowl to support and improve its recycling efforts. Learn more here and help us reach our goal of having 1,750 schools participate in 2013.

Volunteer Event “Project Picnic” Benefits Local Stamford Community

 

Hurricane Sandy’s winds are long gone, but a corporate sponsor, 1.2 million recycled bottlers and 250 volunteers turned a harsh event – quite literally – into a Connecticut picnic.

Volunteers from  Nestle Waters North America’s (NWNA) “Project Picnic” program assembled 100 brand new picnic tables Oct. 3 – part of an effort to beautify Stamford, Conn., a large coastal city directly hit by Hurricane Sandy.

“Nearly a year ago, the whir of generators was heard throughout this city as residents waited for power to be restored following Hurricane Sandy,” said Laura McCafferty, director, corporate communications at NWNA. “That sound had a very different meaning as it powered dozens of drills in the hands of hundreds of volunteers who are making their mark in bettering the community.”

The volunteers included NWNA Chairman, President and CEO Tim Brown, and 250 NWNA employees and representatives. Each picnic table contained 1,200 recycled plastic bottles carefully constructed by volunteers during the all-day event. This project aligns with KAB’s new “I Want To Be Recycled” national Public Service Announcement. . The educational campaign shows recyclable materials can be given another life and become something new when people choose to recycle. Visit iwanttoberecycled.org for more information and to find a recycling center in your community.