RecycleMania is a 8-week long competition between colleges across the U.S. and Canada that tracks the amount of each institutions’ weekly recycling, composting, and trash rates! A few of the universities we are competing against include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Stanford, Yale, and Harvard. Last year, SU placed sixth overall (see our 2018 results here)! This year's competition runs from February 3-March 30, 2019.Each week, participating schools will be ranked in different categories based on how well and how much they minimize waste and divert from the landfill! We will post our weekly ranking on this page, so STAY TUNED for competition updates!
2019 RecyleMania Competition Details: GET INVOLVED!
1. Attend and Volunteer!
The next 8 weeks will be full to the brim with fun, interactive and educational waste events! We are asking YOU to join us for some or all of the below activities. Come and connect with other wonderful SU community members who are vested in working towards a just and sustainable world!
First, TAKE THE PLEDGEand do your part to minimize waste on campus and throw your "stuff" in the right bin!
RecycleMania Kickoff--Tabling at C-street: TUESDAY, 01/29, 11:00am-2:00pm (Student Center 2nd floor at C-street). SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER.
"What Goes Where?" WASTE SORTING WORKSHOP for Students, Staff, and Faculty: TUESDAY, 02/05, 6:00pm-7:00pm (Student Center). SEE MORE EVENT DETAILS HERE
It is estimated that roughly 75% of the waste stream in the United States is recyclable, but only about 30% is actually recycled (EPA, 2018).
What is Recycling?
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community, the economy and the environment. -EPA, December 2017
Why is it so important?
Even though Recycling is commonly advertised as a positive practice, there are far more reasons for this than those that may seem obvious.
Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States