Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced the New Jersey winner of “Recycle-Bowl,” a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. Recycle-Bowl, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), reached more than 900,000 students across America with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.
First place in New Jersey, and second place overall in the United States, went to Middle School of Pleasantville in Pleasantville, New Jersey where students recycled 46.6 pounds of waste per student, earning $1,000 in prize money for the school. Students were recognized at a special awards ceremony at the school this morning.
“Keep America Beautiful is pleased with the great momentum Recycle-Bowl achieved in its second year, and our congratulations go out not just to Middle School of Pleasantville, but to all the effort of students, teachers and school administrators across America,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Recycle-Bowl provides teachers with a great opportunity to integrate math, science and sustainability lessons into classroom curricula through experiential education as well as a way to introduce recycling into a school’s general operations.”
Twenty-two schools in New Jersey participated in Recycle-Bowl; 20 of these schools were in Atlantic County. Participating Atlantic County schools included: Middle School of Pleasantville; Charles L. Spragg Elementary School; Brigantine North Middle School, Hammonton Middle School, Atlantic City High School, Sovereign Avenue School, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Galloway Township Middle School, Jordan Road School, Richmond Avenue School, Alder Avenue Middle School, Cedar Creek High School, Emma C. Attales Middle School, South Main Street School, Atlantic County Special Services School, Belhaven Middle School, Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School, CJ Davenport School, Uptown Complex and Egg Harbor Township High School.
From Oct. 15 through Nov. 9, 2012, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The total amount of recyclables recovered during the 2012 competition added up to 4.5 million pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 1,717 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE). In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 334 passenger cars.
“Recycle-Bowl motivated us to collect quantitative data which enables everyone to see the impact we are making,” said Pleasantville Middle School teacher Liza Levitt-Tighe. “We hope our success will inspire other schools that wish to start a recycling program or strengthen their existing one.”
“This strong showing reflects a commitment to recycling and recycling education that is truly impressive,” said Atlantic County Utilities Authority President Rick Dovey. “The effort and leadership demonstrated by these schools is to be commended. We applaud each school and we’re anxious to share their successes with the broader community with the hope that it will inspire other schools to reinvigorate or initiate their own recycling programs.”
Following the Pleasantville celebration, a second ceremony was held at the ACUA Recycling Center to recognize all the Atlantic County schools who participated in Recycle-Bowl. Each school was presented with a certificate for being an Atlantic County recycling champion.
This is Nestlé Waters North America second year as the lead corporate sponsor of Recycle-Bowl. “Nestlé Waters North America is delighted that Recycle-Bowl’s second year has achieved such significant growth with a 25 percent increase in participating schools and nearly 1 million students receiving further education about the importance of recycling,” said Heidi Paul, vice president, corporate affairs, NWNA. “The increase in the number of schools using Recycle-Bowl as a way to start a school recycling program demonstrates its value.”
Atlantic County Recycle-Bowl by the Numbers:
• 20 of 22 New Jersey schools registered are in Atlantic County
• More than 18,000 Atlantic County students participated in the competition.
• 100,830 pounds of recyclables recovered
• On average, 5.6 pounds of material were collected per person in Atlantic County during the four weeks of the competition.
A full list of winners can be found at www.Recycle-Bowl.org. To sign up to receive updates for next year’s competition, visit https://www.research.net/s/R-BInterest.
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. For more information, visit kab.org.
About the Atlantic County Utilities Authority
ACUA provides wastewater and solid waste management for residents of Atlantic County, New Jersey. ACUA’s solid waste facilities are located within its Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, and include a landfill, single stream processing facility, transfer station, compost facility and CNG fueling station. The facility is also host to a 5.4 MW landfill gas to energy project, which provides 100 percent of the electricity needed to power its solid waste facilities. ACUA operates a 40 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is home to both a 500 kW solar array and 7.5 MW wind farm. Renewable energy generated onsite provides 60 percent of the electricity needed to power the wastewater treatment facility.
About Nestlé Waters North America
With 35 years of experience promoting healthful hydration in the bottled water segment, Nestlé Waters produces six regional spring water brands in the U.S., three international brands, and Nestlé Pure Life, its nationally distributed purified bottled water. The company's dedication to quality, employee development, community partnering, and its commitments to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, have led Nestlé Waters to the number one bottled water position in the U.S.