The Recycle-Bowl Competition is a program that helps to recognize the importance of America Recycles Day on November 15 and the importance of recycling.
Keep Akron Beautiful and River Valley Paper Company join forces to host an annual mixed paper drive competition between public and private high schools, middle schools, multi-grade schools, and elementary schools in Akron.
The competition will takes place every year from October to November.
Paper products such as: Newspapers, phone books, office/school paper, magazines, brown paper bags, catalogs, unwanted mail, and cardboard are accepted in the 24/7 accessible bins.
In 2018, 33 public and private schools in Akron participated in the competition October 22 to November 16. Altogether, these 33 schools were able to collect 24.36 tons or 48,720 pounds of paper, which is just slightly more than in 2017.
First Place Elementary School: McEbright CLC
Recycled 7.1 pounds per student or .80 tons total of paper earning a school-wide pizza party and $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
First Place Middle School: Hyre CLC
Recycled 5.3 pounds per student or .2.20 tons total of paper earning a $500 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
First Place High School: Kenmore-Garfield High School
Recycled 3.52 pounds per student or 1.48 tons total earning a $500 cash prize, courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
First Place Multi-Grade School: Emmanuel Christian Academy
Recycled 7.61 pounds of paper per student, or .95 tons total, making them our winners in the new multi-level category and winners of a $250 cash prize, courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
Most Improved: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Recycled 1,120 more pounds in 2018 than in 2017, earning a $250 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
Most Pounds of Paper Recycled Overall: St. Mary School
Recycled 20.61 pounds of paper per student or 1.87 tons total, making them the winners in or Overall Category, winning a $500 cash prize courtesy of the River Valley Paper Company.
In addition to the local awards, all participating schools are also competing on a national level in the Recycle Bowl competition. Due to the success of Keep Akron Beautiful’s mixed recycle paper drive four years ago, Keep America Beautiful used KAB’s program as the template for their national competition.
Thank you to all of the schools who participated this year, including: Betty Jane CLC, Buchtel CLC, Case Elementary School, East CLC, Ellet High School, Findley CLC, Firestone Park Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Hatton CLC, Helen Arnold CLC, Hyre CLC, I Promise School, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Resnik CLC, Kenmore-Garfield High School, Leggett CLC, McEbright CLC, Miller South School VPA, North High School, Sam-Salem CLC, Seiberling CLC, and Voris CLC. The following charter schools also have bins: Akron Preparatory School, Main Preparatory Academy and Middlebury Academy. The following private school locations are also included in our competition: Chapel Hill Christian School, Emmanuel Christian Academy, Hoban High School, Old Trail School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Mary School and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
This paper drive was designed to prove that Akron’s school staff and students, parents, community members and local businesses can help save trees, which purge the atmosphere of greenhouse gases just by giving our trash a second life. The receptacles are still in place and are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Filling up the collection bins helps the schools raise money for clubs, their recycling efforts or team uniforms.