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Posted March 26, 2013

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Corrales Elementary Cleans up in National Recycling Contest

School named best in New Mexico out of 1,577 entries.

The environmentally-friendly act of recycling earned Corrales Elementary first-place and a $1,000 prize in the Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl.

Judges in the national contest named Corrales the top recycling school in New Mexico, as it recycled 13,065 pounds of waste between last Oct. 15 and Nov. 9. More than 900,000 students from every state in the country at all school levels participated in the contest.

“Corrales Elementary students are learning the importance of recycling and how these actions will support our environment in the future,” Corrales Principal Patricia Steiner said. “Our Green Team has earned national recognition for our recycling efforts. This program wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support from our staff and our community volunteers.”

Some 1,577 schools entered the contest. Together, they recovered 4.5 million pounds of recyclables. Keep America Beautiful said that if all students in America recycled at the rate of this year’s Recycle-Bowl competitors, approximately 2.4 million tons of material would be diverted annually from landfills.

This is Nestlé Waters North America second year as the lead corporate sponsor of Recycle-Bowl.

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