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Environment / Sustainability

RecycleMania 2011

February 14, 2011

The annual collegiate recycling competition "RecycleMania" kicked off Feb. 6 and will run through April 2. Colorado State is competing among 630 universities and colleges to achieve the highest recycling rate among our higher ed peers. It's time to recycle like you've never recycled before!

RecycleMania is an 8-week competition that advocates sustainability not only on our campus but throughout the United States and abroad. RecycleMania 2011 includes schools from 49 states, Canada, the United Kingdom and Qatar. Schools ranging from small two-year community colleges to land grant universities, like CSU, will compete for the 2011 recycling champion title.

About the competition

Throughout the tournament, schools compete to see which institution can collect the most recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, and the highest overall recycling rate. All participating schools are required to report measurements in pounds on a weekly basis. The main goal of the competition is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.


Winners of the RecycleMania on-campus competition receive their trophy on Earth Day.

In addition to the national competition, CSU hosts an internal competition between residence halls and university apartments. International House and the Lory Apartments won last year's on-campus competition with a whopping 59.42 percent recycling rate. Visit the Facilities Management website to track this year's on-campus leaders.

One of the top universities since 2005

CSU has participated in the national competition since 2005. Colorado State has finished in the top 5 percent nationally each year, even clinching second place in 2008. In the first year, CSU competed against 17 schools. This year, more than 600 schools have registered.

"Last year, During RecycleMania, we recycled 52.51 percent of our waste on campus," said Sheela Backen, Facilities Management program manager. "And our trash audit during the competition revealed that 37 percent of what was thrown away could have been recycled."

This year's trash audit is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2. Trash from around campus will be sorted on University Avenue to help educate the community about which items are recyclable.


Last year's trash audit during RecycleMania revealed that 37 percent of our trash could have been recycled.

Singlestreamline your recycling and your life

Did you know that CSU supports single stream recycling? This means that all your recyclable items — from paper to cans to cardboard — can be placed in the same bin. Here's a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

In November, the  Live Green Team installed new stickers on all outdoor campus recycling bins to help increase recycling rates and make single stream recycling easier for the campus community.

Help CSU finish first

After the second week of the pre-season "trials," CSU is in 15th place in the country. Official results will be posted to the RecycleMania website beginning Friday, Feb. 18. With a little extra effort from our campus community, we can move our university back into the top ten standings in the country!

Standings