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Environment / Sustainability

RecycleMania results for Week 2

February 10, 2010

After two weeks of RecycleMania, the annual collegiate recycling competition, Colorado State is in 11th place in the nation with a cumulative recycling rate of 55.40 percent.

Newsom/Academic Village lead residence halls

In the on-campus competition, the Newsom/Academic Village team continues to lead in the residence hall division with 4.73 pounds of recyclables collected per student. The International House/Lory team continues to lead in the apartment division with an astounding 5.62 pounds of recyclables per resident. These on-campus totals are updated weekly on the Sustainability in Facilities Management website.

History of RecycleMania

RecycleMania began in February 2001 when Ohio University challenged Miami University to a recycling contest to increase recycling in their residence and dining halls. After a 10-week competition to see which school could recycle the most, Miami University triumphed and RecycleMania was born!

Participation doubled each year and in 2004, RecycleMania partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program to enhance and expand the competition.

RecycleMania 2006 comprised of nearly 100 colleges and universities from around the country. This same year it expanded its contests beyond recycling to include waste minimization.

In 2007 and 2008, the number of participating schools doubled again, and in 2008, 400 institutions competed. Colorado State placed second in the nation in 2008, the same year we began single stream recycling on campus. In 2009, Colorado State placed ninth in the country in a field of 510 schools.

While the competition began with two universities in 2001, nine years later there are 607 universities from 49 states plus 2 international countries vying for the title. Last year, the entire competition collected 69.4 million pounds of recyclables, and CSU contributed recycled 399,880 pounds to that total.

2010 sustainable efforts

This year, throughout the competition, Colorado State is promoting the following sustainable activities:

  • Reuse of inter-office envelopes for campus mail and improvements in campus systems for reclaiming extra envelopes for reuse.
  • Reduce unwanted bulk mail from off-campus sources (e.g. creating an opt-out registry for staff and faculty; housing mail room send out bulk mail removal postcards on behalf of former residents, encouraging the cancellation of unnecessary or duplicate subscriptions etc.).
  • Implement campus printing initiatives that prohibit or discourage unlimited printing in computer labs and copy rooms (e.g. pay-per sheet pricing, etc.).
  • Promote the use of printer settings and paper reduction software (e.g. GreenPrint).
  • Offer discounts or other incentives for using reusable mugs in campus dining operations.
  • Establish post-consumer waste and biodegradable dinnerware composting program.
  • Recognize waste reduction/materials management roles in relevant staff job descriptions including administrative assistants, purchasing officials, and building proctors.

Contact: Gretchen Menand
E-mail: gretchen.menand@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7763