Registration for the fall recycling competition. Recycle-Bowl, Keep America Beautiful’s national K-12 school-based recycling competition, begins in October and culminates on America Recycles Day, November 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 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 time frame in the fall semester. School-wide competitions may compete for national prizes.

Congratulations to our 2017 Ohio Winner: Birmingham Elementary School, Toledo
Congratulations to our 2016 Ohio Winner
St. Mary School, Akron

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.