The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

Contests, Challenges & Awards



The Great American Can Roundup – Discontinued

We are sad to announce that The Great American Can Roundup (GACR) has been suspended.  However, Al the Can wants to remind everyone that by recycling beverage cans you reduce litter and solid waste in your community, save energy and conserve natural resources. You can get tips on recycling from their website link above.

HOWEVER, your school can still raise funds through a can collection.  Just contact The CLUB to borrow one of our Can Cages to collect your cans! Click here for more information.



The Plastic Bag Challenge

Trex sponsors the Plastic Film Recycling Challenge each year in schools and communities all across the United States. The challenge brings to life for children the importance of recycling and keeping plastic film out of our nation’s landfills. Schools compete against each other to collect the most plastic film, such as grocery bags and case over wrap, which will eventually be recycled and made into beautiful Trex wood-composite decking and railing products. Youth get excited and interested in recycling early and Trex is happy to make possible a program that encourages recycling and community involvement. Click the link below for more information.



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 America.


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

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

  • State Champions: A winner from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia will receive an award based on the most recycled material per person per school.
  • The National Title: America’s Top Recycling School! A national champion will be chosen from the top state winners to receive an additional prize.
  • Involve your community. To keep things fair, if your school collects recyclable material from around the community or from parents homes, this will be treated as a separate competition category. The Community Recycling Category offers awards for first, second and third place. Schools will track the amount of material recovered per person and will compete with other schools on a national level.

Keep America Beautiful Grants

Keep America Beautiful partners with many businesses throughout the year.  Check the link above for current grant opportunities.

PepsiCo Recycle Rally

Get ready to rally! Recycle Rally is a free nationwide program that directly benefits K-12 schools and students by providing valuable incentives and resources to help make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding.

President’s Environmental Youth Awards

K-12, Teachers Deadline: December, 31

The PEYA program honors young people for their efforts to protect the environment. Learn what others have done and how awards are earned.

Ecybermission Grades 6-8,Grades 9-12

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams.

Envirothon Grades 9-12 Deadline: early spring

Sponsored by Canon, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others, the Envirothon is an annual competition held for high school students throughout North America. Designed as a way to teach kids about environmental education, the best teams from over 47 states and provinces come together during the summer to compete.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes Ages 8 to 18 Deadline: April 30

This award recognizes young people who have shown extraordinary leadership in making our world better in a number of diverse ways including protecting the environment.

National Environmental Education Foundation

In addition to core programs—Classroom Earth, National Public Lands Day, National Environmental Education Week, Business and Environment, Earth Gauge and Health and Environment—NEEF provides grants and awards to leverage the reach of our programs, implement our program goals, support the efforts of other organizations and strengthen the environmental education (EE) field as a whole.

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Grades 9-12 Deadline: April

This site is an awards program for water projects for high school students. One winner for each state is selected to go to a national competition.

William T. Hornaday Award Grades 6-12 (Boy Scout) Deadline: year round

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. This awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. It was begun in 1914 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Young Eco-Hero Awards Ages 8 to 16 Deadline: Jan 31

Sponsored by Action for Nature (AFN), the Young Eco-Hero Awards recognizes successful personal action projects of young people aged 8-16 from all over the world. Action for Nature’s mission is to foster respect and affection for nature through personal action.