The registration link is on the Recycle-Bowl homepage. Recycle-Bowl is open to all elementary, middle and high schools in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Public, private and charter schools are eligible.
HOW-TO REGISTER PDF DOCUMENTS:
|Competitive Divisions – School, District, and Community Divisions||Open Division|
|Must register by October 13, 2015||Can register late|
|Open to US schools||Open to US schools, US territories, Canada and Mexico|
|Register via www.Recycle-Bowl.org||Register via www.Recycle-Bowl.org|
|Eligible for prizes, national recognition, and bragging rights||Not eligible for prizes. Per capita rate provided upon request. No national recognition given to school placing first in this division.|
|Eligible for reporting incentives (if available)||Eligible for reporting incentives (if available)|
|Can use material on website||Can use material on website|
|Can register for America Recycles Day||Can register for America Recycles Day|
|Report via www.Recycle-Bowl.org||Report via www.Recycle-Bowl.org|
|Weigh recyclables and/or convert from volume to weight||Weigh recyclables and/or convert from volume to weight|
|Must provide published population figure if winner||Does not need to provide published population figure|
|Verification of data by KAB staff||KAB staff will not verify data|
|Need to report data in US pounds by 12/15/2015||Need not report data in US pounds by 12/15/2015|
|Listed in official statewide rankings||Not listed in specific “open” or “bragging rights” national rankings|
|Compete against other schools in the same state||Compete against other schools across the Country|
|Only Recyclable Material generated by, and collected from, a school’s own internal operations may be reported||Recyclable Material generated by the school’s own internal operations along with material from anyone other than the school population or donations from parent’s homes or businesses, individuals, groups and organizations may be reported|
|Prizes/Recognition: The School in each of the 50 States and in the District of Columbia that collects the most Recyclable Material per capita in that School’s State will receive national recognition as the State Champion and bragging rights; additional prizes may be available to the School that collects the most Recyclable Material per capita overall nationally.||Prizes/Recognition: Only one school from this division will receive the title of national community division champion. This division winner will receive national recognition and bragging rights.|
The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:59 pm, Eastern time. Those that make an account in Re-Trac Connect before the deadline can finish completing their Recycle-Bowl registration up until October 13, 2015. Those that register after the deadline can still participate but are not eligible for bragging rights or additional prizes.
The competition officially starts on Monday, October 19, 2015.
Yes. We have a handy how-to guide for those that want to register multiple schools. Click here for more information. If you are new to the Re-TRAC Connect database, you will first need to make an account however.
Yes. You will be asked to provide data for your recyclable material. You can report your data broken out by commodities or commingled. Titles will be awarded based on aggregated data (pounds of cans, bottles and paper added together) so if you track your material broken out by commodity, you will be asked in the reporting section to sum it together.
Your school population should include full-time teachers and students. During the verification process, KAB may ask schools to provide us with a link to a publicly published population figure for your school. Please do not include administrative or other school staff in your school population numbers.
You can log into the system as much as you would like after your school is registered. However, once you hit “submit” your form is locked and can only be edited by an administrator. Email info@Recycle-Bowl.org to make changes to your registration form once locked.
The quiz (certification module) is for those schools estimating data and wanting more of an explanation about volume-to-weight conversion. It also quizzes you on various attributes of the competition. All schools can benefit from taking the module but it isn’t required anyone take it.
Yes. We ask that every school register each year in order to keep our list of contacts current. You may use the same username and password each year.
Please contact us at info@Recycle-Bowl.org and we can work with you to transfer the contact name to a new individual.
Yard trimmings and grease trap material is not accepted as part of the competition division at this time. Those schools wanting to track and report the amount of food scraps composted can now compete nationally in this bragging rights category. No title or additional prize will be given.
If your service provider collects this material as part of your standard service contract, it can be included.
No. This material is not accepted as part of the competition division at this time.
File purges that are part of normal operations are allowed. Schools may not stockpile material for the primary purpose of reporting it during the 4 week competition or otherwise schedule institutional purges with the intent to increase Recycle-Bowl reporting numbers. Textbook purges cannot be counted towards your data.
The reporting deadline is December 15, 2015, 11:59 pm, Eastern time. You will NOT need to get into the Re-TRAC Connect system weekly to report your data. You will only report once, at the end of the competition. However, you should have some internal mechanism for collecting and tracking data. Some examples are found here under Scorecards. There is a “Tracking” component in Re-Trac Connect. This is not part of the Recycle-Bowl database and does not count towards reporting for the competition.
Estimates are allowed but you will need to follow the estimating rules and regulations found on the Tracking and Reporting webpage.
To login after your initial registration, go here – http://connect.re-trac.com. The reporting database will open on November 16, 2015.
On the login page you will see a “forgot password” link. Click this and submit your email address, and a password reminder will be sent to you. Your username is always your email.
There is only one username and password for each school. You can share the username and password with additional people who will be helping you. If this is a problem, email info@Recycle-Bowl.org. State coordinators wishing to see statewide reports can request access from program administrators. A how-to guide is found here.
The competition rules are set up so that a small school can compete against a large school because we divide the amount of recyclable material collected by the number of teachers and students in the school. This provides us with a per capita rate. This rate is what is used to rank your school, as compared to others. Last year, the national winning school had a 47 pounds/capita rate. It was a small school of just ~300 students. The average school collected 6 pounds of material per person.
Reach out to your waste hauler and see if they would be able to provide recycling services for your school. Other partners to reach out to for guidance would be your local city or county environmental services department, or your local KAB affiliate.
Also, Dr. J. Winston Porter developed this guide to help schools set up a recycling program. It was written for Keep America Beautiful in May of 2007. It was created for a wide range of potential users, including administrators, teachers, and students, as well as many different types and sizes of schools, ranging from middle schools through community colleges. Sections include: Getting to Know Your Trash, Markets for Recyclables, Determining What to Collect in your Recycling Program, Setting Up Your Program and Educational Activities.