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.

Keep America Beautiful, Washington, D.C.

Registration for Recycle-Bowl 2013 is now open! Recycle-Bowl is a race to see which K-12 schools can collect the most recyclables across the nation. The competition is open to all public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. This year it runs from Oct. 21 through Nov. 15, culminating on America Recycles Day.

Recycle-Bowl improves student and faculty participation and gives teachers hands-on environmental lessons. In 2012, Recycle-Bowl reached over 1,500 schools and 900,000 students, making it the largest comprehensive competition of K-12 school recycling programs. There are multiple divisions for schools and school districts, so it’s easy for recycling programs of all sizes to participate. Each state recycling champion will be awarded $1,000. Schools that host community recycling programs will compete in a separate competition for alternate prizes.

Registration ends on Oct. 15. You can register your school at http://recycle-bowl.org. There’s no better way to celebrate World Environment Day!

Panther Valley Middle School, Lansford, PA

Keep America Beautiful partnered with Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) to build the “Recycle-Bowl,” a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. Students at Panther Valley Middle School in Lansford, Penn., recycled 17.6 pounds of waste per student, which is more than three times the amount of recyclables per student than the average result posted during the Recycle-Bowl competition. This achievement earned $1,000 in prize money for the school. The school collected the most material of the NWNA employee-supported schools that participated in the competition. On April 18, students were awarded this recognition by having some fun! The event included both a concert by the school band and cheerleaders, a recycling relay and a game of conservation Jeopardy.

Westhill High School – Stamford, CT

Westhill High School in Stamford was the Connecticut winner of the Recycle Bowl, a contest sponsored by Keep America Beautiful in partnership with Nestle Waters. Westhill was the top school out of 28 Connecticut entrants for amount of per capita recycled material. A $1000 check was given to the school as a reward. As a Westhill student, I am so proud of my peers for recycling over 8000 pounds of material in throughout the month-long duration of the contest. We worked together as an entire student body to achieve an amazing result, generating around four pounds of recycled material per student in a single month. I am grateful to Keep America Beautiful for all the work that they do to inspire students, particularly through the Recycle Bowl contest. Through Recycle Bowl, Westhill students were motivated to attain a remarkable achievement, make our school more beautiful, and have a substantial environmental impact on our city.