STAMFORD, Conn. -

Registration is now open to all U.S. public and private schools to participate in the third annual Recycle Bowl competition.

The competition runs from Oct. 21 through Nov. 15: America Recycles Day.

Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes.

At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. A national champion will be chosen from among the statewide winners to receive an additional grand prize.

The competition is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, which calls itself the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, and Nestlé Pure Life purified water.

New to the competition this year are food scrap and waste reduction benchmarking divisions.

Last year more than 1,500 elementary, middle and high schools around the country, representing more than 900,000 students, participated to collect the most recyclable material, as well as to  learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility through in-school recycling.

Schools that participate in the Recycle Bowl competition recycle 10 percent more than schools that don’t participate, say the organizers.

“Inspiring young people to recycle at school reinforces the importance of recycling everywhere, whether at home or on-the-go,” said Kelley Dennings, senior director of recycling at Keep America Beautiful.

“And while students are becoming better recyclers, their school facilities are also increasing their capacity to handle and recover more recyclable materials, thus creating better and more efficient systems for reducing the school’s waste.”

To register, go to the Recycle Bowl website.