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Environment / Sustainability

What is RecycleMania?

Updated February 23, 2009

RecycleMania is a 10-week competition of colleges and universities to promote waste reduction on their campuses. The goal is to collect the highest amount of recyclables, the least amount of trash, and achieve the highest recycling rate.

The competition is Jan. 19 to March 28:  10 weeks to show how much you can do for your campus and the world. Just over 500 schools are registered for the competition and currently, CSU is in 6th place overall.

Last year, CSU placed second with a total recycling rate of 51 percent. We also placed fifth in the waste minimization category. So what can you do to help make it even more of a success this year?


It’s just that simple. Check out the university’s list of accepted recyclables and if it’s on there, throw it in a recycle bin! There’s no need to sort, everything’s single stream now. Even pizza boxes are accepted, just make sure you throw your pizza away first.

Last week's trash audit on the plaza found that out of 3,000 pounds of trash, 717 pounds or about 24 percent could've been recycled. This included:

  • 300 pounds of paper
  • 97 pounds of cardboard
  • 320 pounds of plastic, steel and aluminum

One easy way to help reduce waste in general is to try to bring a canvas bag to the store with you. One canvas bag alone can eliminate 1,000 plastic bags in its lifetime.

Residence Halls and Apartments compete

What's more fun that a little friendly competition? With RecycleMania comes the competition between all the residence halls and university apartments to see who can recycle the most. As of week four, Allison Hall is in 1st place at 5.15 pounds recycled per resident. For university apartments, University Village 1500 is in 1st place at 5.3 pounds recycled per resident.

Housing and Dining Services is working to set up displays so residents better understand single stream recycling.

"When I was being told about the single stream process, I pictured a long clothesline with various recycled materials hung on the line running toward a recycle bin, representing one single stream. This got us thinking that this visual representation of single stream recycling might be helpful to students," said Marianne Provenza, graphic designer at Housing and Dining Services.

Look for displays being set up in the residence halls sometime this week.

You can watch the results unfold in the Academic Village where they keep posters of the competition results or on the facilities website. On the site, you can also view real-time electricity usage on campus as well as how much energy is being saved through green projects.

Contact: Leslie Stinson
Phone: (970) 491-4161