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Environment / Sustainability

Eight is great for CSU in RecycleMania competition

February 22, 2010

Colorado State University is now No. 8 out of 607 other colleges and universities competing in Week 4 of the 2010 Recycle Mania Tournament. CSU has a recycling rate of 56.56 percent.

On-campus competition continues

The contest to see which campus entity will be the top recycler at CSU is still going with the Academic Village/Newsom team in the lead with 19.01 pounds per person recycled and the International House/Lory Apartments team lead with 27.19 pounds per person recycled.

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

Best in the state

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. Right now, CSU is well on its way to reaching its 2010 goal.

CSU is so far the top Colorado university or college in the RecycleMania competition. Colorado College is second at No. 19 with a 48.41 percent cumulative recycling rate and the University of Colorado-Boulder is way back at No. 96 with just a 29.04 percent cumulative recycling rate.

How scores are tabulated

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

To be No. 8 is great, but CSU can be No. 1. You can help boost the numbers with a spring cleaning party. 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.

Contact: Nik Olsen
Phone: (970) 491-5507