How You Can Help

Make an effort to learn about the recycling options in your community.  And utilize those options!

America Recycles Day

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. Learn more about America Recycles Day.

Recycle Bowl Competition

Why Recycle-Bowl?
Recycling is the easiest and most effective thing that ANYONE can do to protect natural resources, conserve energy, and reduce carbon emissions. Recycling also creates jobs and stimulates our economy. And, friendly competition is a proven way to motivate young people toward adopting sustainable behaviors.

Many schools have been slow to embrace recycling. Through Recycle-Bowl, we hope to galvanize recycling in elementary, middle and high schools across Tennessee.

Our Mission
Invigorate student participation through a national K-12 recycling competition.


  • Establish new recycling programs within Tennessee schools
  • Increase recycling rates in Tennessee schools that currently recycle
  • Provide teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction 

Competition Categories
Recycle-Bowl is separated into two divisions, the Competition Division and the Open Division. Schools may choose to register for either, based on eligibility requirements and the school’s ability to meet division standards. Individual classrooms will be placed in the Open Division. Learn more.

Flexible Game Plan
From experienced “veterans” to recycling “rookies,” every Tennessee school can use Recycle-Bowl to support and improve its recycling efforts.

  • Got Game? If your school has a good, solid recycling program (or potential to build one), set your strategy toward winning the state competitions or the national grand prize.
  • Still working on your skills? Tennessee schools with modest or new recycling programs can opt to focus on improvement over the course of the competition. Organize a mini-competition between classes or with another area school in which you have a long-standing sports rivalry. 

Keep Your Eyes on the Prizes!
Sure, bragging rights are important. But, Tennessee schools also have an opportunity to take home serious awards in the Recycle-Bowl Competition Division.

  • State Champions: A winner from Tennessee will receive $1,000 based on the most recycled material per person per school.
  • The National Title: America’s Top Recycling School! A grand prize of an additional $2,500 will go to the top performer among the State Champions!
  • Involve your community. To keep things fair, your school collects recyclable material from around the community, this will be treated as a separate competition category. The Drop-off Category offers a $1,000 first prize, a $750 second prize and $500 third prize. Schools will track the amount of material recovered per person and will compete with other schools on a National Level!


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

Overall Goals for RecycleMania

  • Motivate students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation.
  • Generate attention and support for campus recycling programs.
  • Encourage colleges to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their effort to improve their programs over time.
  • Have a fair and friendly competition.

Learn more about RecycleMania.