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Environment / Sustainability

Community challenged to recycle for RecycleMania

February 3, 2014

RecycleMania, a nationwide recycling and waste reduction competition among nearly 500 universities, kicked off Feb. 2 and continues through March 29.

Volunteers help sort trash in last year's Waste Audit.This year’s theme is “Go for the Green,” playing on an Olympics theme to help encourage the CSU community to do its best for the planet. All Colorado State University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

CSU consistently one of the best

CSU has placed in the top 5 percent each year for the university has competed. Universities compete to recycle or reduce the most pounds of waste from their landfill stream. The competition tracks both overall recycling rates per capita on campus and waste reduction efforts. Last year, CSU finished as the top Colorado school with a recycling rate of 49 percent.

Waste Audit a fun tradition

The annual Waste Audit, to be held Wednesday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the East side of the plaza, brings student, staff, and faculty volunteers together to sort all the waste collected from Housing & Dining Services in one day.The dirty event helps raise awareness of what can be recycled and composted on campus to support RecycleMania.

A community-wide challenge

“RecycleMania is a great engagement opportunity because it is based on per capita tracking so it includes every single student, faculty and staff member on campus,” says Tim Broderick, CSU’s Housing & Dining Services sustainability coordinator. “Every item that is recycled on campus and every effort to reduce our waste stream boosts our ranking and also helps the planet – it’s a win-win.”

The university’s Live Green Team also sponsors an on-campus competition during RecycleMania among CSU’s residence halls and university apartment communities. This year Braiden Hall and the International House will compete to defend their winning titles from last year, hoping to bring home the coveted RecycleMania trophy once again.