2017 Recycle-Bowl registration opens

Keep America Beautiful’s seventh annual Recycle-Bowl targets K-12 students.

August 17, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I

Keep America Beautiful, Stamford, Connecticut has opened registration for its Seventh Annual Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl, available at http://Recycle-Bowl.org. Registration for the four-week in-school competition is open to teachers, school administrators, school facility managers, PTA/PTO and other parent groups and local recycling advocates. Recycle-Bowl registration will remain open until Oct. 10, one week before the start of the competition.

Recycle-Bowl, Keep America Beautiful’s national K-12 school-based recycling competition, begins Oct. 16, 2017, and ends on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. Champions are crowned in five categories: School Division, Community Division, District Division, Waste Reduction and Food Scrap Collection.

Through participation in Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful helps communities spotlight recycling on a local level by educating students and community members on how and what to recycle while also providing an array of resources to improve recycling in America.

“Keep America Beautiful is determined to end littering, improve recycling, reduce waste and beautify America’s communities,” says Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day are key fall initiatives to educate, motivate and activate individuals and entire communities to better understand what to place in recycling bins and the many environmental, economic and social benefits of recycling.”

New this year, Recycle-Bowl is partnering with PepsiCo, a presenting sponsor, to offer participants the opportunity to concurrently sign up for PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally program.

“Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl is a great way to get schools and communities fired up about recycling, and we think Recycle Rally is a natural complement to extend that level of engagement throughout the rest of the school year,” says Tom Mooradian, PepsiCo sustainability manager.

Recycle Rally rewards schools for recycling beverage containers and offers frequent promotions and access to free downloadable resources to help schools boost recycling. More information on this collaboration will be available in the coming weeks, Keep America Beautiful says.

Recyclables recovered during the 2016 Recycle-Bowl competition totaled 3.2 million pounds across 47 U.S. states, with Bon Air Elementary of Kokomo, Indiana, crowned as the 2016 champion.

Whether a school has an existing recycling program or is looking to launch one, Recycle-Bowl is an excellent way for teachers, students and facility managers to engage their entire school community in recycling, the organization says.

Nearly 700,000 students and teachers from more than 1,290 schools across the nation competed in the 2016 Recycle-Bowl.