STAMFORD, Conn. (March 11, 2014) — Keep America Beautiful today recognized Foothill Elementary School in Pittsburg, Calif., in an all-school awards ceremony celebrating its championship in Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students.
The Recycle-Bowl competition, sponsored by Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, reached nearly 700,000 students across America with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing. Collecting 157 pounds of material per child for recycling, Foothill Elementary School students recycled the most among more than 1,500 school competitors.
Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn today presented a $2,500 check to Foothill Principal Enrique Pin. In addition, the school will receive a $1,500 credit to purchase recycling bins from Busch Systems and a park bench made from recycled plastic from Trex.
“Inspiring young people to recycle at school reinforces the importance of recycling everywhere, whether at school, at home or on the go,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Recycle-Bowl makes recycling fun for students and reinforces the importance of recycling for the next generation of environmental stewards. We’re pleased that so many schools use the competition to improve existing recycling programs or develop new ones to compete in Recycle-Bowl.”
From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, 2013, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The total amount of recyclables recovered during the 2013 competition added up to 6.4 million pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 8,913 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE). In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to permanently removing 473 passenger cars from the road.
“It is an honor to be named national Recycle-Bowl champion by Keep America Beautiful, and a privilege to celebrate the great effort and dedication by Foothill Elementary students, teachers and custodial staff,” said Foothill Elementary School Principal Enrique Pin. “We will continue to make recycling part of our educational program and look forward to competing in Recycle-Bowl again next year.”
This is the third year that Nestlé® Pure Life® has been the lead sponsor of Recycle-Bowl. “It is so rewarding to see the positive impact that Foothill Elementary School students have on recycling in their community and the pride they have in winning Recycle-Bowl,” said Heidi Paul, executive vice president, corporate affairs, Nestlé Waters North America, which is the producer of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water.
A full list of statewide winners and updates for next year’s competition can be found at Recycle-Bowl.org.
Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl is made possible through the national sponsorship of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water. Award partners include American Forest and Paper Association, Busch Systems, Carton Council, Resolute Forest Products and Trex.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.
About Nestlé Waters North America
As the third largest beverage company by volume in the U.S., Nestle Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of healthy beverages. Among them are natural spring water brands such as Poland Spring ®, Deer Park® and Arrowhead®. Its national purified water brand is Nestlé® Pure Life®. International brands include Perrier® and S.Pellegrino®. The company’s line of ready-to-drink teas now includes Nestea®, Sweet Leaf® and Tradewinds®. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with 7,500 employees nationwide, Nestle Waters strives to reduce its environmental footprint, improve recycling rates in North America, and create shared value in those communities where it has operations.