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Environment / Sustainability

Back in the top 10 for RecycleMania

February 17, 2010

With a cumulative recycling rate of 57.8 percent, Colorado State University made its way from 11th to 9th place in the national RecycleMania competition after week three.

RecycleMania Week 3 results

CSU is back in the top 10 while CU-Boulder is in 90th place with a recycling rate of 29.31 percent. More importantly, CSU’s own recycling rate is 2.5 percentage points higher than last week, indicating that students, faculty and staff are either recycling more or throwing away less.

Want less, waste less

Each institution’s recycling rate is the proportion of recycled material to the total amount of waste (trash + recycled material). If an institution sends less waste to the landfill, their recycled material constitutes a larger proportion of their total waste and helps boost the numbers.

Boost numbers with spring cleaning

Offices, labs, and halls can request up to four 95-gallon recycle bins to clean out files, documents, newspapers/magazines, etc. To request spring cleaning recycling bins, call (970) 491-0113 and leave a message with your building name and specific room number for the bin delivery.

Integrated Solid Waste will distribute all available bins for spring cleaning. If bins are not available at the time of your request, they will be provided as soon as more are available. When the bins are full or you are done with spring cleaning, contact Integrated Solid Waste for a pick-up. More areas will be able to participate if you keep bins for just a day or two so gather your coworkers or classmates and choose a spring cleaning day to support RecycleMania!

Confidential documents should be shredded but please shred only necessary documents and recycle all other paper. Shredded paper is less valuable in the recycling stream and can only be made into lower-grade paper products. It can also jam machines in recycling plants so recycle as much paper as you can.

Residence Halls and University Apartments battling for recycled trophy

While CSU as a whole competes against the world in RecycleMania, CSU's residence halls and university apartments are going head-to-head to see which team can recycle the most.

As of the end of week 3, the Academic Village/Newsom team is still leading the residence halls with 13.67 pounds per student recycled and the I-House/Lory team is leading the apartments with 20.19 pounds recycled per resident.

Trophies awarded on Earth Day

The friendly competition will end March 27 and winning teams will receive their trophy at the Student Sustainability Fair on Earth Day, April 22.

With on- and off-campus students reducing, reusing, and recycling, CSU can hold their target position in the top 10 and CSU can beat last year’s recycling rate of 54 percent.

Contact: Tonie Miyamoto
Phone: (970) 491-4314