Riverside Elementary, Lackawanna County, Wins School Recycling Contest

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the Professional Recycling of Pennsylvania and Keep America Beautiful, Inc., Thursday announced the Pennsylvania winner of “Recycle-Bowl” was Riverside Elementary West in Lackawanna County.
            Riverside students recycled 35 pounds of waste per capita, earning $1000 in prize money for the school. Students will be recognized at a special awards ceremony at the school this month.
            Additionally, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Greenstar Recycling will be awarding $500 at special award ceremonies to the four Recycle-Bowl runner-up schools in Pennsylvania.  The four schools are Stroudsburg Middle School (26 pounds), Monroe County, Greenfield School (18 pounds), Philadelphia County, Mill Hall Elementary (16 pounds), Clinton County, and Phillipsburg-Osceola Area Senior High School (10 pounds), Centre County.
            “Greenstar is proud to be associated with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Recycle-Bowl.    The competition is a great way to highlight that recycling is one of the best, most cost effective ways to conserve our natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. Healthy behavior changes in families often starts with the children,” said Matt Delnick, CEO of Greenstar Recycling. “Congratulations to all of the participants – recycle and everybody wins.” 
            Riverside Elementary West was also the winner of Greensylvania competition sponsored by the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania and was awarded an additional $250 for recycling the most paper per capita in Pennsylvania.  
            “Keep America Beautiful is thrilled with the success of Recycle-Bowl’s inaugural year and our congratulations go out not just to Riverside Elementary West, but to all participating schools for their work in showing how small changes can make a huge impact,” said Matt McKenna, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Teachers and recycling coordinators report that the competition provided them with a mechanism to start or improve their school’s recycling operations. Importantly, they tell us it also provided them with invaluable teaching moments about sustainability, math, science, and social studies.”
            Nestle Waters North America sponsored this year’s Recycle-Bowl competition. "We’re eager to see more recycling in our schools and to help students learn how important recycling is,” said Christine Korduba, Communications for Nestle Waters North America.  “We’re excited to partner with Keep America Beautiful and every participating school on this important recycling initiative.”  
            A full list of statewide winners can be found online.
            For information, visit the Recycle-Bowl webpage. To sign-up to receive updates for next year’s competition, register online.


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