Union enters week 5 of Recyclemania competition

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By Kyle Pilkington

What is Recyclemania?

According to the organization’s website, “Recyclemania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.”

Recyclemania lasts through Saturday, April 2, which provides Union with ample time to reduce the amount of waste that is produced on campus as well as proudly display our results to the rest of the country.

There are several ways in which the student body can contribute to the competition. Two examples include using a reusable water bottle and checking to see if something is recyclable before it is thrown away.

“All of those involved in recycling efforts should be very proud, but with that said many recyclables inexplicably make it into the trash and our production of solid waste is enormous, so we still have a lot of work to do,” said Meghan Haley-Quigley, ’11.  “The next step is to reduce our use of these containers [plastics] before they are recycled. For example, if we slip in our RecycleMania rankings next year because there are fewer plastic water bottles being used on campus, then that will be great progress,” said Jeffrey Corbin, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies.

Of the 630 schools competing, Union is outperforming competitors in several areas. Union ranks number one in the Per Capita division at 7.78 pounds of recycled material per person.

Union is second in Targeted Materials divsion, with 4.22 poinds of cardnoard per person.

In the overall ranking, and for the title of Grand Champion, Union ranks 153.

recyclables inexplicably make it into the trash and our production of solid waste is enormous, so we still have a lot of work to do,” said Meghan Haley-Quigley, ’11.  “The next step is to reduce our use of these containers [plastics] before they are recycled. For example, if we slip in our RecycleMania rankings next year because there are fewer plastic water bottles being used on campus, then that will be great progress,” said Jeffrey Corbin, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies.

Of the 630 schools competing, Union is outperforming competitors in several areas. Union ranks number one in the Per Capita division at 7.78 pounds of recycled material per person.

Union is second in Targeted Materials divsion, with 4.22 poinds of cardnoard per person.

In the overall ranking, and for the title of Grand Champion, Union ranks 153.

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