STAMFORD, Conn. (Sept. 21, 2015) — Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit which envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, today announced the launch of the fifth annual Recycle-Bowl youth recycling competition. The competition, supported by national partner Recyclebank, runs from Oct. 19 through Nov. 15, 2015, culminating on America Recycles Day.
Last year, almost 1,500 elementary, middle and high schools around the country, representing nearly 900,000 students, teachers and administrators, participated in this fun and exciting race to collect the most recyclable material, and learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility through in-school recycling. Participating schools recycled 4.4 million pounds of material in 2014 and recycled 10 percent more than schools that did not participate in the program. Magnet Traditional School, a Phoenix, Arizona, elementary school, was crowned the 2014 national winner.
Registration for this incentive-based recycling competition is open to all public and private schools in the United States at the Recycle-Bowlwebsite. Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.
At the close of the four-week competition, the national winner will receive a recycled-content bench donated by Trex. The returning school that demonstrates the most improvement over 2014 will receive recycling bins from Busch Systems. Schools in each state (and the District of Columbia) that collect the most recyclable material per capita will be awarded their respective state title.
“Through this fun competition, we’re providing students, teachers and administrators across the country with an opportunity to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of recycling, and inspire their families to take similar actions both at home and on the go,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “Recycle-Bowl is also a great way to integrate math, science and sustainability lessons into classroom curricula.”
Educational recycling resources and activities are also provided online atrecycle-bowl.org.
About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, reduce waste, increase recycling, and protect the natural beauty of the areas around us. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.
For more than 10 years, Recyclebank has been working toward a waste-free future by focusing on the real-world impact of inspiring and motivating individuals. As the first rewards-for-recycling program of its kind, it introduced the principles of a circular economy to a mainstream audience. By partnering with communities and a variety of brands, Recyclebank leverages its Marketing-as-a-Service (MaaS) Platform utilizing data, education and incentives to encourage more than 4 million members to make better purchasing and disposal habits. A certified B Corporation, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.Recyclebank.com or find us@Recyclebank or facebook.com/Recyclebank.