STAMFORD, CONN. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, is announcing the launch of the fourth Recycle-Bowl youth recycling competition. The competition runs from Oct. 20 through Nov. 15, 2014, culminating on America Recycles Day.

Last year more than 1,500 elementary, middle and high schools around the country, representing nearly 690,000 students, 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 6.4 million pounds of material, which translates to 7.75 lbs. per capita. Foothill Elementary School in Pittsburg, Calif., was the 2013 national winner.

Registration for this incentive-based recycling competition is open to all public and private schools in the United States at the Recycle-Bowl website at Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes. 

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 2013 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. Schools and local organizations are encouraged to host award ceremonies for state winners using the online award ceremony toolkit.   

“Recycle-Bowl provides teachers with a great opportunity to integrate math, science and sustainability lessons into classroom curricula as well as a way to increase recycling at the schools,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Motivating and supporting students to recycle at school underscores the importance of recycling at home and on the go.”

Educational recycling resources and activities are also provided online 

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Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.