One New York state district and two schools were recognized in the first nationwide recycling competition for K-12 students. The Recycle-Bowl, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, Inc., included schools from 47 states, representing more than 544,000 students.
Winning top honors from New York was the Greenwich Central School District, located in Washington County. Long Island's Timber Point Elementary School, from the East Islip School District, and Farmingdale High School, from the Farmingdale district, were also recognized.
From Oct. 17 through Nov. 12, 2011, participating schools collected 2,088,000 pounds of recyclables, contest organizers reported. Other stats:
More than 1,200 public and private schools registered.
On average, 5.32 pounds of material was collected per person during the four weeks of the competition.
Sixty-seven percent of schools saw "significant" or "some" increase in the amount of material recycled.
Two percent of schools started a recycling program because of Recycle-Bowl.
The competition offered a $1,000 prize to the school in each state that collected the most recyclable material per capita. A national champion was chosen from among the statewide winners to receive an additional $2,500.
For information about Recycle-Bowl, visit http://www.recycle-bowl.org/. To sign up to receive updates for next year's competition, visit www.research.net/s/R-BInterest.