This friendly competition and bench marking tool for school recycling programs promotes waste reduction activities to students, families, faculty and staff. Participating classrooms, schools and districts will track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes.
Several categories of the competition are measured on a “per capita” basis to allow schools and districts of all sizes to participate. Schools report recycling and/or trash data to be ranked according to the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables collected, and the highest recycling rate. Highest number wins! Because there is quite a bit of diversity in the availability of recycling programs and infrastructure for schools throughout the state, the contest includes 6 basic material categories: Paper; Cardboard; CRV Beverage Containers; Mixed Recyclables; Food Service Organics; and Expanded Polystyrene Foam.
Besides taking home a title for the state of California and $1,000, the winning schools will be in the running for the national title and a prize of $2,500. Schools competing in the community drop off division are uniquely eligible for category specific prizes of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place in the national competition. More information on the national competition can be found at http://recycle‐bowl.org