Well, after 8 weeks of hard work, both by sustainability employees, students, and staff members, we have the totals for recyclemania!
Our overall recycling rate was at 58%, meaning that 58% of the material that left our campus was recycled. This equaled 285,064 pounds of material recycled. (In case you aren’t aware… thats a lot!!)
Overall, we placed 15th, in a competition of 266 schools. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself 😉
The amount recycled is the equivalent of 40 metric tons of CO2 pollution. This is the same amount of pollution created by 21 cars in a year, or the energy consumption of 11 households in one year. Well done, everybody!
Though we are very happy with the results, we want to be in the top 10 next year. (never settle for just ok, right?). If we are able to maintain our goal of 70% next year, we should place in the top 10 for sure!
If you have any suggestions or ideas about how we can make recycling more accessible to the on-campus community, please drop us a line and let us know! We are always looking for new ways to make our campus a more sustainable place.
On another note, we are having a surPLUs swap party this Friday from 12-5! No money needed! Come bring things you dont want, or cannot use anymore, and see if you can swap it for something that you can use 🙂
Until next time, stay classy- not trashy. Look for ways to be more sustainable and recycle!