From now until April 2, Union will be participating in RecycleMania, a national recyling competition.
According to RecycleMania’s website, the mission of the national event is by, “Using fair and friendly competition, RecycleMania provides tools and opportunities that inspire, empower, and mobilize colleges and universities to benchmark and improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste.”
The event here at Union is being promoted by U-Sustain. It is being spearheaded by Alexis MacDonald ’16 and Alex Dolcimascolo ’17.
They have been promoting the initiative with napkin dispenser inserts, weekly emails with recycling tips and the massive RecycleMania banner hanging in Reamer Campus Center.
According to Education and Outreach Chair for U-Sustain Stephanie Dick ’16, the “goal this year is to improve our standings from last year. Last year we were 75th out of 232 participating schools, with a recycling rate of 40 percent. Our best category was organics with a third place finish last year. We want to keep up the great work from last year and improve as much as we can.”
For this to happen, according to Dick, the entire campus needs to be actively involved.
Dick shared that recyclable items will have on them a number between one and seven inside of a small triangle.
She added, “Paper cups, plates and napkins are compostable, not recyclable, a common mistake.”
Other compostable items include the salad containers from Dutch and O3.
Dick warned, “Styrofoam is never recyclable, and plastic bags are only recyclable in the designated bin outside the college convenience store.”
Items like batteries, light bulbs, ink cartridges and e-waste should be brought to Facilities for proper disposal.
Dick emphasized the importance of RecycleMania, encouraging students to make year-round efforts to recycle.
Dick concluded: “If everyone makes a few little changes in their everyday routines, it can make a big difference in our recycling rates and help our planet!”