September 2012 Issue
September 07, 2012


Source: NYSUT United

Recycling competition open

Registration for the second annual Recycle-Bowl youth recycling competition, which runs from Oct. 15 – Nov. 9, is now open at Keep America Beautiful,, is again teaming up with Nestlé Waters North America to host the event.

Participating schools track and report how much recyclable material they collect during four weeks for a chance to win prizes. The school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita wins $1,000. A national champion is then chosen from among the statewide winners to receive an additional grand prize valued at $2,500.

Educational recycling activities are provided online and through a registration toolkit. The competition culminates around America Recycles Day. Visit for more info.

Back to school green tips

It's back to school, and that means back to green. Here are some tips from Earth Share,

  • Remind kids to turn off the lights in the bathroom or any unoccupied room at home and at school.
  • Encourage students to throw away trash they find on the school playground.
  • Have students use both sides of their notebook paper and suggest they save unused chalk and art supplies.
  • Encourage parents to have kids pack lunches in pails or canvas bags, instead of throwaway paper bags. Ask families to use durable plastic containers without PVCs, or consider re-using plastic sandwich bags.
  • Advocate for recycling bins in schools, dorms and classrooms.
  • Re-use school supplies that are in good condition, or donate them.