Chatham County Schools Public Relations Department


Date:  3/5/13

for immediate release




Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced the North Carolina winner 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.

 First place in North Carolina went to Bonlee School where students recycled five pounds of waste per child, 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 2.4 million tons of material would be diverted annually from landfills. That would be the weight of 201,135 school buses.  Students were recognized at a special school-wide awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 5.


“Keep America Beautiful is pleased with the great momentum Recycle-Bowl achieved in its second year, and our congratulations go out not just to Bonlee 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.”


From October 15 through November 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.


“The Recycle-Bowl was a great opportunity for our school to work together to reach for a goal that involved learning and leadership and made a positive impact on the environment,” said Laura Doherty.

 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:

Š       1,577 schools registered

Š       901,500 students participated in the competition.

Š       4.5 million pounds of recyclables recovered

Š       On average, 5.62 pounds of material were collected per person during the four weeks of the competition.


A full list of winners can be found at To sign up to receive updates for next year’s competition, visit


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

With 35 years of experience promoting healthful hydration in the bottled water segment, Nestlé Waters produces six regional spring water brands in the U.S., three international brands, and Nestlé Pure Life, its nationally distributed purified bottled water. The company's dedication to quality, employee development, community partnering, and its commitments to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, have led Nestlé Waters to the number one bottled water position in the U.S.


Submitted by:  Beth S. McCullough, Public Information Officer, Chatham County Schools         (919) 542-3626