Westlake Wins First Place Among Md. Schools in Recycle Bowl

LA PLATA, Md. (February 23, 2012)—Westlake High School was recently named Maryland’s first-place winner in the national 2011 Recycle-Bowl competition, sponsored by the Keep America Beautiful organization. As Maryland’s winner, Westlake competed against other state winners at the national level.

To participate in the competition, Westlake had to collect recyclable materials during a time frame designated by Keep America Beautiful – Oct. 17 to Nov. 12. Students and staff collected materials and were required to record the items they collected. State winners were selected based off of the total amount of goods collected per person. To determine this amount, schools divided the total weight of goods collected, in pounds, by the school’s total number of students and teachers.

Westlake collected a total of 8.293 recyclable materials per person at the school and received a $1,000 award. Participating schools register to compete in the event in advance and also receive incentives for submitting completed collection reports as part of the competition.

Recycle-Bowl is a school recycling competition for grades kindergarten through 12 to help establish new recycling programs in schools, increase recycling rates in schools that currently recycle and provide teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction. The competition is operated by Keep America Beautiful, Inc., a volunteer-based community action and education organization. The competition is sponsored by Nestle Waters North America, Inc.

For more information about the competition, or to register for the 2012 event, visit http://recycle-bowl.org/.

Source: Charles County Public Schools

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