Woodbridge, Virginia (March 19, 2013) – Keep Prince William Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is excited to announce that Fannie W. Fitzgerald placed second in the Virginia division of “Recycle-Bowl,” a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. 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.
Second place in Virginia went to Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School in Woodbridge, VA where students recycled 7280 pounds. 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.
“Keep America Beautiful is pleased with the great momentum Recycle-Bowl achieved in its second year, and our congratulations go out not just to Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School but to all the effort of students, teachers and school administrators across America,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Recycle-Bowl provides teachers with a great opportunity to integrate math, science and sustainability lessons into classroom curricula through experiential education as well as a way to introduce recycling into a school’s general operations.” During the Recycle Bowl Keep Prince William Beautiful provided recycling education to the school through science lessons, games, read-alouds and an educational static display.
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.
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 such significant growth with 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. “The increase in the number of schools using Recycle-Bowl as a way to start a school recycling program demonstrates its value.”
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.