By: Lauren Brady – Communications Intern
Save the Date! November 15th is America Recycles Day! Have you made your pledge to recycle?Initiated by Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day (ARD), is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling here in the United States. Many organizations and communities work to generate awareness of recycling by hosting different events such as competitions, demonstrations, collection drives, displays and tours, in order to encourage people to make recycling a part of their lifestyle.
Here at Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB), we are teaming up with River Valley Paper Company to host our own, month-long event to celebrate recycling: The 6th Annual Recycle Bowl.
23 Akron Public Schools and 6 private schools in the Akron area have registered to be a part of the recycle bowl this year to celebrate America Recycles Day. schools will work together to see who can accumulate the most paper waste in their River Valley Paper bins from October 20th through November 17th. The winning elementary school will win a school wide pizza party and a $250 cash prize. Our winning high school and middle school will receive a $500 cash prize and tour of the River Valley Paper Company plant for 50 students and faculty members. We will also be rewarding the overall winning school a $500 cash prize as well as $250 rewarded to the school deemed most improved from 2014-2015.
During the Recycle Bowl, we will also be hosting a poster contest. 13 winners will be selected and rewarded a $50 American Express Gift Card for their artwork that celebrates recycling. Teachers who submit a winning poster will also receive a $50 American Express Card. Contest winners will have their artwork featured in River Valley Paper Company’s Calendar for 2016, and the overall winner will be featured on the front cover and receive a $100 American Express Gift Card!
While the majority of this event is to promote recycling through incentive and competition, we have also created an educational aspect by putting together lesson plans for elementary school teachers to share with their students. We have also put together a Pinterest board with ideas that teachers are able to incorporate into their lesson plans as well. We want to ensure younger generations are also being informed about the importance of recycling and sharing the techniques and information they learn at school with their families and friends at home.
The following public schools are participating in the Recycle Bowl and will have River Valley Paper Company collection bins on their property:
Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel High School, Case Elementary School, David Hill CLC, East CLC 7-8, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Hatton Elementary School, Helen Arnold CLC, Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Judith A. Resnik CLC, Kenmore High School, Leggett CLC, Litchfield Middle School, McEbright CLC, North High School, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, and Voris CLC. The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Hoban High School, Middlebury Academy, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and St. Bernard- St. Mary.
You can dump any of your junk mail, magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, office paper, newspaper and cardboard in these bins recycle bin to help your school succeed in the Recycle Bowl. The bins will be hauled out by River Valley Paper company every other week to their plant, where they will record the amount of paper schools have collected throughout the competition and ultimately calculate a winner!
Last year, we were proud to announce that 27.405 tons or 54,810 pounds of paper was recycled citywide, 1.785 tons more than in 2013! We hope to see those numbers increase even more this year!
If you’re determined to make a difference in your lifestyle and help save our environment by recycling, take the pledge today, and help out the schools in your community by dumping your paper-waste in their bins this month!