Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced Rippowam Middle School as the Connecticut winner of “Recycle-Bowl”. This is the second year in a row a Stamford school has won the competition. Last year, Westhill High School earned the title.
Recycle Bowl is a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle, and high school students. From October 15 to November 15 of 2013, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The competition reached more than 650,000 students across the country with schools in all 50 states competing. The total amount of recyclables recovered added up to 6.4 million pounds, which prevented the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions from 473 passenger cars.
During the contest, the Rippowam community recycled over 10,000 pounds of waste and received $1,000 in prize money.
“I am proud of the entire Rippowam community,” said Rippowam Principal Jason Martin. “Demonstrating commitment to causes that impact the world beyond our school is second nature to Rippowam students and staff. Thanks to everyone for their dedication to our environment and especially to our custodians who make sure those efforts are carried out.”
“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.”
This is the third year that Nestle Pure Life has been the lead sponsor of Recycle-Bowl.
“Every year Recycle-Bowl is gaining strength. Now you have hundreds of thousands of students enthusiastically recycling and an almost 30 percent increase in recycled material in participating schools,” said Heidi Paul, executive vice president, corporate affairs, Nestlé Waters North America. “I see the increase in the number of schools turning to Recycle-Bowl to start a school recycling program as a demonstration of its value.”
Visit www.Recycle-Bowl.org for a full list of winners.