RecycleMania, a 10-week recycling competition between colleges and universities across the nation, kicked off this month at Colorado State University. This year, more than 500 universities are participating. Campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate.
The main goal of the event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements in pounds on a weekly basis. Last year, Colorado State placed second in the nation in the Grand Champion competition for RecycleMania, finishing with a cumulative recycling rate of 51 percent of the total waste generated on campus - up from 41 percent the previous year.
Colorado State now offers single-stream recycling on campus which allows all recyclable items - from paper to cans to cardboard - to be placed in recycling bins. For more information about single-stream recycling at Colorado State, visit http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=449.