School named recycling champion


February 3, 2014


This news release was issued by Keep America Beautiful.


Keep America Beautiful announces Alaska school recycling champion

Begich Middle School wins $1000 prize


Anchorage, AK (January 28, 2014) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced the Alaska state winner of “Recycle-Bowl,” a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. Recycle-Bowl, sponsored by Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, reached more than 700,000 students across America with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.


First place in Alaska went to Begich Middle School in Anchorage, AK where students recycled 5,772 pounds of paper and cardboard, 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 3.2 million tons of material would be diverted annually from landfills. That would be the weight of 302,033 school buses. The School Business Partnership class and Begich Middle School students and teachers were recognized on Wednesday morning’s Begich Broadcast News.


“Inspiring young people to recycle at school reinforces the importance of recycling everywhere, whether at home or on the go,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We are also pleased that so many schools use the competition to improve existing recycling programs or develop new ones that didn’t exist prior to their participation.”


From Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, 2013, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The total amount of recyclables recovered during the 2013 competition added up to 6.4 million pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 8,913 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE). In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 473 passenger cars.


This is the third year that Nestlé® Pure Life® has been the lead sponsor of Recycle-Bowl. “Every year Recycle-Bowl is gaining strength.  Now you have hundreds of thousands of students enthusiastically recycling and an almost 30 percent increase in recycled material in participating schools,” said Heidi Paul, executive vice president, corporate affairs, Nestlé Waters North America producer of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water.  “I see the increase in the number of schools turning to Recycle-Bowl to start a school recycling program as a demonstration of its value.”


One of the Begich Middle School students who was on the team and a driving force behind the month long Recycle-Bowl said, “We had a lot of fun because we had a mission to be the best in the state.”  The two male members of the group each said, “It was hard, but we’re happy we did it” and “I’m proud of the way we got the year off on the right foot by recycling really well in the fall.”  Another teammate who was involved said, “We’re really proud of our efforts and teamwork.”


Recycle-Bowl by the Numbers:

  • 1,507 schools registered
  • 689,044 students participated in the competition.
  • 4.5 million pounds of recyclables recovered
  • On average 7.75 pounds of material were collected per person during the four weeks of the competition.


A full list of winners can be found at


Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl is made possible through the national sponsorship of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water.  Award partners include American Forest and Paper Association, Busch Systems, Carton Council, Resolute Forest Products and Trex.


About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit


About Nestlé Waters North America

As the third largest beverage company by volume in the U.S., Nestle Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of healthy beverages.  Among them are natural spring water brands such as Poland Spring ®, Deer Park® and Arrowhead®.  Its national purified water brand is Nestlé® Pure Life®.  International brands include Perrier® and S.Pellegrino®.  The company’s line of ready-to-drink teas now includes Nestea®, Sweet Leaf® and Tradewinds®.  Based in Stamford, Connecticut with 7,500 employees nationwide, Nestle Waters strives to reduce its environmental footprint, improve recycling rates in North America, and create shared value in those communities where it has operations.   

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