SOUTH PORTLAND —  For eight weeks this spring, more than 50 local schools competed to collect the most bottles and cans (per enrolled student) in the “Maine Recycles Championship.” The first-ever statewide contest was sponsored by CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, and Hannaford Supermarkets.

The Lincoln Academy Climate Action Club in Newcastle won the grand prize of $2,000 for the first tier category of 400 students or more; the grand prize winner in the second tier, fewer than 400 students, was Crossroads Christian School.

The other first-tier winners were Mallett School in Farmington, winning $1,000 for second place, and Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary in Brunswick, taking $500 for third place. A complete list of school standings and the environmental impact of their recycling is available at

According to Clayton Kyle, CEO of CLYNK, the company intends to make the Maine Recycles Championship an annual event.

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