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Wins first place for Conn. in recycling challenge

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Stamford, CT | Added on February 28, 2014 At 02:32 PM

It's the super bowl of recycling.

"So just like the Super Bowl determines which football team is the best," said JenniferJehn, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, "We wanted recycle-bowl to find the best recycling teams out there."  

For three years, Keep America Beautiful has challenged schools across the country to recycle as much as they can.  This year, Rippowam Middle School in Stamford took the title of state champion.

"Rippowam is one of the very best of the best.  An all star team of recyclers," said Jehn.  

Rippowam students recycled 10,350 pounds of waste, making it to the top, and beating last year's Connecticut champion, Westhill High School. 

"It doesn't hurt.  You have a high school of 2,300 students that won last year and this is middle school of just over 600 and you doubled that effort and have half the population.  So really is an accomplishment, so congratulations," said Dr. Winnie Hamilton, superintendent of Stamford public schools.  

The schools competed with more than 1,500 schools nationwide.  

"Just during this competition, schools across the country recycled over six million pounds of materials," said Jehn.

"Each and every one of you recycled 13 pounds.  That's about the weight of a bowling ball.  That's what you did.  That's enough to save energy to power one TV for over a million days," said Brian Flaherty, vice president of public policy and external affairs at Nestlé Waters North America.  

The school was awarded $1,000 for earning first place. Keeping America Beautiful is a nonprofit that works to build and sustain vibrant communities.  The recycle-bowl is made possible through a sponsorship with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water.  


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