Of the 22 schools in the State of New Jersey that participated in Keep America Beautiful's National School Recycling competition, 20 were from Atlantic County, one of which finished first in the state and second in the country.
Pleasantville Middle School was the top recycler in the State of New Jersey, and finished second in the national competition, known as "Recycle Bowl."
Galloway Township Middle School and Cedar Creek High School also participated in the competition, sponsored by Nestle Waters North America (NWNA).
Pleasantville Middle School recycled 46.6 pounds of waste per student, and earned $1,000 in prize money for the school, according to Keep America Beautiful statistics.
“Recycle-Bowl motivated us to collect quantitative data which enables everyone to see the impact we are making,” Pleasantville Middle School teacher Liza Levitt-Tighe said. “We hope our success will inspire other schools that wish to start a recycling program or strengthen their existing one.”
The competition was held from Oct. 15-Nov. 9, 2012. The total amount of waste collected was 4.5 million pounds, according to Keep America Beautiful, which said the collection prevented the equivalent of 334 passenger cars' worth of emissions.
The other participating schools from Atlantic County included:
Charles L. Spragg Elementary School; Brigantine North Middle Schooll; Hammonton Middle School; Atlantic City High School; Sovereign Avenue School; Atlantic County Institute of Technology; Jordan Road School; Richmond Avenue School; Alder Avenue Middle School; Cedar Creek High School, Emma C. Attales Middle School; South Main Street School; Atlantic County Special Services School; Belhaven Middle School; Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School; CJ Davenport School; Uptown Complex; and Egg Harbor Township High School.
“This strong showing reflects a commitment to recycling and recycling education that is truly impressive,” Atlantic County Utilities Authority President Rick Dovey said. “The effort and leadership demonstrated by these schools is to be commended. We applaud each school and we’re anxious to share their successes with the broader community with the hope that it will inspire other schools to reinvigorate or initiate their own recycling programs.”
“Keep America Beautiful is pleased with the great momentum Recycle-Bowl achieved in its second year, and our congratulations go out not just to Middle School of Pleasantville, but to all the effort of students, teachers and school administrators across America,” Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna said. “Recycle-Bowl provides teachers with a great opportunity to integrate math, science and sustainability lessons into classroom curricula through experiential education as well as a way to introduce recycling into a school’s general operations.”