FAQs

  1. How does a school register? Who can register?
  2. What’s the difference between the Competition Division & the Open Division and the State Champion School Category & the National Community Recycling School Category?
  3. When is the deadline for registration?
  4. When does the competition officially start?
  5. I am a recycling coordinator that provides collection to multiple schools or a parent that has children in two different schools, can I easily register all the schools at once?
  6. If my school collects material commingled (cans, bottles and paper all mixed together for later separation) can we still participate?
  7. How do I calculate the school’s population?
  8. Can I edit my school’s information after I register?
  9. Who needs to complete the certification module?
  10. Do we need to re-register each year?
  11. What if the Recycle-Bowl coordinator for my school resigns at some point during the competition?
  12. Can we count recycled/composted yard waste, food waste or grease trap material in our weights?
  13. Can we count recycled polystyrene trays in our weights? What about tracking milk cartons?
  14. Can we count Terracycle material or toner cartridges,batteries, cell phones and other electronic products?
  15. Is it okay to report one time file or textbook purges in our weight data?
  16. What is the reporting deadline? Do I need to report my data weekly?
  17. Do we have to provide actual weights or are estimates allowed?
  18. Where do I find the link to log in and report my data?
  19. I have forgotten my username and password. What should I do?
  20. Can more than one person be allowed access to our school’s account?
  21. Who is competing in the 2011 Recycle-Bowl competition?
  22. How can a small school fairly compete against a large school?

Registration

1. How does a school register? Who can register?

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. To view the 2013 registration form prior to creating an online account, click here.

HOW-TO REGISTER PDF DOCUMENTS:

  • For schools to register with your Re-TRAC Connect account info from last year (PDF with more detail)
  • For new Recycle-Bowl participants or if you want to change your login email and create a new account (PDF with more detail)
  • For those that want to register more than one school (PDF slides with more detail)

2. What’s the difference between the Competition Division and the Open Division and the State Champion School Category and the National Community Recycling School Category?

Competition Division – State Champion School and/or National Community Recycling School
Bragging Rights and Open Divisions
Must register by October 15, 2013 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 Not eligible for prizes
Eligible for registration toolkit Eligible for registration toolkit
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 12/11/2013 Need not report data in US pounds by 12/11/2013
Listed in official statewide rankings Listed in specific “open” or “bragging rights” national rankings

 

State Champion School Category
National Community Recycling School Category
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: $1,000 to 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 or District; and additional prizes to the School that collects the most Recyclable Material per capita overall nationally. Prizes $1,000 to the School that collects the most Recyclable Material per capita overall, $750 to the School that collects the second highest amount of  Recyclable Material per capita overall, and $500 to the School that collects the third highest amount of Recyclable Material per capita overall.

 

3. When is the deadline for registration?

The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 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 21, 2013. Those that register after the deadline can still participate but are not eligible for cash prizes.

4. When does the competition officially start?

The competition officially starts on Monday, October 21, 2013.

5. I am a recycling coordinator that provides collection to multiple schools or a parent that has children in two different schools, can I easily register all the schools at once?

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.

6. If my school collects material commingled (cans, bottles and paper all mixed together for later separation) can we still participate?

Yes. You will be asked to provide data for your recyclable material. You can report your data broken out by commodities or commingled. The awards will be given out 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.

7. How do I calculate the school’s population?

Your school population should include teachers and students. Competition Division schools will be asked to provide us with a link to a publicly published population figure for your school. If one is unavailable, you can manually calculate the population, but your school might be asked to verify the figure during the competition.

8. Can I edit my school’s information after I register?

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.

9. Who needs to complete the quiz/certification module?

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.

10. Do we need to re-register each year?

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.


During Competition

11. What if the Recycle-Bowl coordinator for my school resigns at some point during the competition?

Please contact us at info@Recycle-Bowl.org and we can work with you to transfer the contact name to a new individual.

12. Can we count recycled/composted yard trimmings, food scraps or grease trap material in our weights?

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 cash prize will be given.

13. Can we count recycled polystyrene trays in our weights? What about tracking milk cartons?

If your service provider collects this material as part of your standard service contract, it can be included.

14. Can we count Terracycle material or toner cartridges, batteries, cell phones and other electronic products?

No. This material is not accepted as part of the competition division at this time.

15. Is it okay to report one time file or textbook purges in our weight data?

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.


Reporting

16. What is the reporting deadline? Do I need to report my data weekly?

The reporting deadline is December 11, 2013, 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.

17. Do we have to provide actual weights or are estimates allowed?

Estimates are allowed but you will need to follow the estimating rules and regulations found on the Tracking and Reporting webpage.

18. Where do I find the link to log in and report my data?

To login after your initial registration, go here – http://connect.re-trac.com. The reporting database will be open November 13, 2013.


Technology

19. I have forgotten my username and password. What should I do?

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.

20. Can more than one person be allowed access to our school’s account?

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.


 

21. Who is competing in the 2013 Recycle-Bowl competition?

A 2013 state leaderboard and corresponding map are helpful in learning about your local comeptition. Click the map to zoom in to see the different schools participating in a certain area.

22. How can a small school fairly compete against a large school?

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.