The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 7, 2012

Local schools to take part in Recycle-Bowl

The News Courier

— Beginning this fall, schools within Athens and Limestone County will compete in the Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students.

Residents can check with their local school to see how you can help.  Most schools will accept recyclable materials from outside the school to encourage recycling and increase the school’s per capita recycling rate during the contest period.

Open to all schools, the incentive-based recycling competition runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 9.  The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center will track and report how much material the schools collect for a chance to win prizes.

At the close of the four-week competition, the school in Alabama that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. A national champion will then be chosen from among the statewide winners to receive a grand prize valued at $2,500. A school in Albertville won the grand prize last year.

“Inspiring young people to recycle at school reinforces the importance of recycling everywhere, whether at home or on-the-go,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “And while students are becoming better recyclers, their school facilities are also increasing their capacity to handle and recover more recyclable materials, thus creating better and more efficient systems for reducing their waste.”

More information about Recycle-Bowl can be found at The Recycle-Bowl competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Nestlé Waters North America.