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February 13, 2014

Keep America Beautiful Announces New Jersey School Recycling Champions

The Egg Harbor City Community School takes first place in New Jersey Charles L. Spragg School places third in the state Egg Harbor Township High School is named most improved in country

Pleasantville, N.J. (February 13, 2014) – 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. More than 700,000 students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia competed in the Recycle-Bowl challenge which ran from October 19 to November 15, 2013. After reporting and data verification, winners were recently announced.

First place in New Jersey went to Egg Harbor City Community School in where students recycled 48.67 pounds of waste per child, earning $1,000 in prize money for the school. If all students in America recycled at the rate of this year’s Recycle-Bowl competitors, approximately 3.2 million tons of material would be diverted annually from landfills. That would be the weight of 302,033 school buses. 

Egg Harbor City can also boast about having the third best recycling school in the state. This honor went to Charles L. Spragg Elementary where students recycled 19.47 pounds of waste per student.

Rounding out the top winners is Egg Harbor Township High School who was named ‘most improved’ of all of the participating schools across the country. They will also receive a $1,000 in prize money.

“For the ‘most improved’ category, we compared the participants in the ‘School to School’ division, and looked at the per capita recycling rates of the schools in previous years to their 2013 rate,” said Recycle-Bowl’s Suzanne Edelberg. “Egg Harbor Township High School increased their rate by 190 percent! They placed first out of 461 schools nationally in the division,” noted Edelberg.

In total, 23 Atlantic County schools participated in Recycle-Bowl this past year.

“Inspiring young people to recycle at school reinforces the importance of recycling everywhere, whether at home or on the go,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We are also pleased that so many schools use the competition to improve existing recycling programs or develop new ones that didn’t exist prior to their participation.”

During the four week competition which culminated on America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), 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 the annual emissions from 473 passenger cars.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our school leaders,” said Maria Mento Executive Vice President/Chief Finance Officer of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. “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.”

A recognition ceremony is planned for all Atlantic County Recycle-Bowl participants during ACUA’s Earth Day celebration on April 27, 2014.

“The teachers, staff and administration at the participating schools are leading by example. We hope that by lifting them up and acknowledging their commitment to recycling, more schools will follow suit,” added Mento.

Atlantic County Recycle-Bowl by the Numbers:

• 23 of 26 New Jersey schools registered were Atlantic County schools;
• 17,516 Atlantic County students participated in the competition;
• 136,007 pounds of recyclables recovered; and
• On average 7.76 pounds of material were collected per person during the four weeks of the competition.

Atlantic County Recycle-Bowl Participants:

1 Egg Harbor City Community School Egg Harbor City
2 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia CIEBP Mays Landing
3 Charles L. Spragg Elementary School Egg Harbor City
4 William H Ross Margate
5 Middle School of Pleasantville Pleasantville
6 Atlantic City High School Atlantic City
7 Tighe School Margate
8 Reeds Road Elementary School Galloway
9 Randolph High School Randolph
10 Sovereign Avenue School Atlantic City
11 William Davies School Mays Landing
12 Brigantine North Middle School Brigantine
13 Egg Harbor Township High School Egg Harbor Township
14 Y.A.L.E. School East Northfield
15 Brigantine Elementary School Brigantine
16 Hammonton Middle School Hammonton
17 Galloway Twp. Middle School Galloway
18 Highland Academy Galloway
19 Alder Avenue Middle School Egg Harbor Township
20 Stillwater Township School Stillwater
21 Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School Egg Harbor Township
22 Oakcrest High School Mays Landing
23 Folsom School Folsom
24 Fairview Elementary School Red Bank
25 CJ Davenport Elementary Egg Harbor Township
26 Jordan Road School Somers Point

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

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 Township, 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.

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