2016 Recycle-Bowl – Register Your K-12 School


Registration is OPEN for the fall recycling competition at Recycle-Bowl, Keep America Beautiful’s national K-12 school-based recycling competition, begins on Oct. 17 and culminates on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. Registration for the fun and engaging four-week in-school competition is open to teachers, school administrators, school facility managers, PTA/PTO and other parent groups and local recycling advocates. Recycle-Bowl registration will remain open until Oct. 11, one week before the start of the competition. Nearly 700,000 students and teachers from more than 1,265 schools across the nation competed in the 2015 Recycle-Bowl.
New this year, Keep America Beautiful is equipped to help participating schools customize the competition in their area. The intent of this hyper-localized approach is to support a community or regional school district to use Recycle-Bowl as a platform to host and promote their own local recycling competitions with students leading the way as the next generation of community stewards. Recyclables recovered during the 2015 Recycle-Bowl competition totaled 3.9 million pounds across 46 U.S. states. Whether a school has an existing recycling program or is looking to launch one, Recycle-Bowl is an excellent way for teachers, students and facility managers to engage their entire school community in recycling.

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to increase school recycling participation in your community? Keep America Beautiful‘s, third annual, “Recycle-Bowl,” is a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students. Public, private and charter schools are eligible. Registration is now open on the Recycle-Bowl website at The first 1,000 schools to register will receive a Recycle-Bowl coordinator toolkit. The competition runs from mid-October through mid-November, culminating on America Recycles Day. Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes.

 Recycle-Bowl (a program of KAB) is a free competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. School recycling programs across the nation compete in a race to collect the most recyclables.

Whether a school has an extensive recycling program or one classroom is just launching basic recycling collections, Recycle-Bowl is a way for teachers, student green teams and facility managers to engage their school community in a fun and friendly way.

The competition is open to all elementary, middle and high schools and individual classrooms. Public, private and charter schools are eligible. Recycle-Bowl participants will track and report how much material they collect during the four-week competition timeframe in the fall semester. School-wide competitions may compete for national prizes.

One school in each state, that collects the most recyclable material per capita, will win $1000. A national champion will then be chosen from the top 50 statewide winners to receive a grand prize of $2500. Schools that host a community recycling drop-off program will compete in a separate category for first, second- and third- place cash prizes. Recycle-Bowl

Why Recycle-Bowl?

Recycling is the easiest and most effective thing that ANYONE can do to protect natural resources, conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. Recycling also creates jobs and stimulates our economy. And, friendly competition is a proven way to motivate young people toward adopting sustainable behaviors.

Many schools have been slow to embrace recycling. Through Recycle-Bowl, we hope to galvanize recycling in elementary, middle and high schools across America.

Our Mission

Invigorate student participation through a national K-12 recycling competition.


  • Establish new recycling programs within schools
  • Increase recycling rates in schools that currently recycle
  • Provide teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction


How Can My School Compete?

Competition Categories

Recycle-Bowl is separated into two divisions, the Competition Division and the Open Division. Schools may choose to register for either, based on eligibility requirements and the school’s ability to meet division standards. Individual classrooms will be placed in the Open Division. Learn more.

Flexible Game Plan

From experienced “veterans” to recycling “rookies,” every school can use Recycle-Bowl to support and improve its recycling efforts.

  • Got game? If your school has a good, solid recycling program (or the potential to build one), set your strategy toward winning the state competitions or the national grand prize.
  • Still working on your skills? Schools with modest or new recycling programs can opt to focus on improvement over the course of the competition. Organize a mini-competition between classes or with another school in which they have a long-standing sports rivalry. For more ideas on strategizing participation, visit the Playbook section.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prizes!

Sure, bragging rights are important. But, schools also have an opportunity to take home serious awards in the Recycle-Bowl Competition Division.

  • State Champions: A winner from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia will receive $1,000 based on the most recycled material per person per school.
  • The National Title: America’s Top Recycling School! A grand prize of an additional $2,500 will go to the top performer among the State Champions!
  • Involve your community. To keep things fair, if your school collects recyclable material from around the community, this will be treated as a separate competition category. The Drop-off Category offers a $1,000 first prize, a $750 second prize and $500 third prize. Schools will track the amount of material recovered per person and will compete with other schools on a national level.