Hailey Elementary School Wins Recycling Contest


By Paul Johnson

Hailey, ID – Hailey Elementary School has been declared the Idaho winner of “Recycle-Bowl,” a nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students.

First place in Idaho went to Hailey Elementary School, where students recycled 5 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 2.4 million tons of material would be diverted annually from landfills. That would be the weight of 201,135 school buses.

The contest, encouraging schools across the country to recycle as much as possible, was developed by Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that brings people together to improve their community’s environment. Recycle-Bowl, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), reached more than 900,000 students across America with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.

“Recycle-Bowl provides teachers with a great opportunity to integrate math, science and sustainability lessons into classroom curricula, as well as a way to introduce recycling into a school’s general operations,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Our congratulations go out not just to Hailey Elementary, but to all the effort of students, teachers, custodial staff and school administrators across America.”

From Oct. 15 through Nov. 9, 2012, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The total amount of recyclables recovered during the 2012 competition added up to 4.5 million pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 1,717 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE). In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 334 passenger cars.

“Because of Recycle-Bowl, Hailey Elementary is recycling even more,” said Hailey Elementary School Principal Tom Bailey. “I’m not surprised we won the state contest,” he added. “Hailey Elementary students strive to excel.”

This is Nestlé Waters North America second year as the lead corporate sponsor of Recycle-Bowl. “Nestlé Waters North America is delighted that Recycle-Bowl’s second year has achieved a 25 percent increase in participating schools and nearly 1 million students receiving further education about the importance of recycling,” said Heidi Paul, vice president, corporate affairs, NWNA.

Recycle-Bowl by the Numbers:
• 1,577 schools registered
• 901,500 students participated in the competition.
• 4.5 million pounds of recyclables recovered
• On average, 5.62 pounds of material were collected per person during the four weeks of the competition.

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