The common sight of students hustling to class marks the beginning of the spring 2020 Semester and the annual RecycleMania competition too! Beginning February 2, the University will proudly join hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada in this eight-week long competition.
RecycleMania is a friendly contest and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote sustainability and waste reduction. Each participating school tracks and self-reports data on recycling activity to improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste. There are four main categories of competition:
- Diversion – recyclables, food organics, and trash
- Per Capita – recyclables
- Zero Waste – recyclables, food organics, trash weights, and materials for reuse
- Food Organics – food waste and any organic materials handled alongside food waste
Additionally, there are four optional special categories including Electronics Recycling, Race to Zero Waste Building Competition, Case Study Competition, and GameDay Basketball Recycling. These categories are designed to engage colleges further and help zero in on specific focus areas.
The University’s RecycleMania promotional campaign is led by Facilities Team Green who is working with co-sponsors Grassroots, Dining Team Green, Eco Reps, GreenSpace, SEESS, and PAWS. The group has put together a fun-filled line-up of events to engage and educate the University community. The group is hosting its Kick Off event in Hirst Lounge on February 4 and will continue with more events throughout the following weeks. Giveaways will be available at the Valentine’s Day Photo Booth, Single-use Plastics, Fast Fashion and more events. You can view a copy of this year’s RecycleMania events poster below and download/print it here.
Olivia Giovanni-Dola (Class of 2020), who is leading the promotional campaign, is excited for the competition to begin. She says, “It is so inspiring to see students work together to help raise environmental awareness and reduce waste on our campus. RecycleMania gives us all the opportunity to learn so much more about sustainability initiatives within our community and how we can be a part of the change.”
The UR Sustainable Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages will feature updates, photos, promotions and more throughout the competition, so be sure to follow us to stay in the loop.
Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022