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 three divisions, the School Division, the Community Division and the Open Division. Schools may choose to register for any of the three, based on eligibility requirements, collection practices during the competition, and the school’s ability to meet division standards.

Flexible Game Plan

From experienced “veterans” to recycling “rookies,” every school can use Recycle-Bowl to support and improve its recycling efforts.

  • Got game? If your school has a good, solid recycling program (or the potential to build one), set your strategy toward winning the state competitions or the national grand prize.
  • Still working on your skills? Schools with modest or new recycling programs can opt to focus on improvement over the course of the competition. Organize a mini-competition between classes or with another school in which they have a long-standing sports rivalry. For more ideas on strategizing participation, visit the Playbook section.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prizes!

In the 2015 Recycle-Bowl Competition, schools also have an opportunity to win prizes and receive national recognition and bragging rights as Division Champions!

  • School Division Champions: A winner from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia will receive national recognition and bragging rights based on the most recycled material per person per school.
  • The National Title: America’s Top Recycling School! A national champion will be chosen from the top state winners to receive an additional prize.
  • Involve your community. To keep things fair, if your school collects recyclable material from around the community or parents homes, this will be treated as a separate division. Schools will track the amount of material recovered per person and will compete with other schools on a national level.The Community Division offers another opportunity to receive national recognition as a Division Champion.