RecycleMania returns to campus through March 29

Posted by Centre News in Campus, News, Sustainable Centre 03 Feb 2014

recyclemania_logoRecycling is all in a day’s work for Centre College students, faculty and staff, but for eight weeks this spring, the entire campus will kick it up a notch with RecycleMania, a competition between colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

RecycleMania began in 2001 between Ohio University and Miami University as a way to get students excited about and engaged with recycling. The competition only grew from there to include over 500 institutions that collectively recycle nearly 100 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials over eight weeks.

Centre Recycling Coordinator Cheryl Coulter has been involved with RecycleMania for several years and finds the competition a fun and interesting way to educate and involve students in sustainability.

“The reason we participate is to raise awareness about reducing waste and recycling,” Coulter says. “Even if we don’t win the RecycleMania competition, we’re all winners in the end because we’re giving back to the environment.”

Last year, Centre recycled 23,731 pounds of material, a total Coulter hopes to repeat if not exceed.

The eight week challenge is divided into themed weeks, including “I Recycle Pledge,” which runs through Feb. 17, “Caught Green Handed,” which runs Feb. 17 through Mar. 7, and “ReGames,” which runs Mar. 10 through 28. Each of these themes asks different things of participants and offers various recycling-themed prizes to winning institutions. Categories include largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest total amount of recyclables, least amount of trash per capita and highest recycling rate.

The RecycleMania competition runs Feb. 2 through March 29. For more information about volunteering or participating, contact Recycling Coordinator Cheryl Coulter at cheryl.coulter@centre.edu

Learn more about sustainability at Centre.