Week 1 (trial): 3724 lbs recycled 2255 lbs composted, 8814 lbs trashed

Week 2 (trial): 3613 lbs recycled 2055 lbs composted, 8814 lbs trashed

Week 3 (jan31-feb6): 2994 lbs recycled 2500 lbs composted, 8762 lbs trashed

Week 4 (feb7-feb13): 3574 lbs recycled 2607 lbs composted, 8335 lbs trashed

Week 5 (feb14-feb20): 1971 lbs recycled 2810 lbs composted, 8322 lbs trashed

Week 6 (feb21-feb27): 5279 lbs recycled 3110 lbs composted, 8347 lbs trashed

What is Recyclemania?

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects 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. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more.

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How much we waste

Did you know that the average American throws away 3 and 1/2 pounds of trash each day? (Read more recycling facts here). Our goal during this competition is to cut down on the amount we send to the landfill and raise the amount of recycled material. Additionally, a lot of otherwise-trash at OIT can be composted, such as the takeout boxes and plates from the Marketplace. Place your food trash in the white bins under the plate racks by the Marketplace to send them to a local compost!

What to recycle

Do recycle these:

  • Plastic bottles (please empty them)
  • Paper (look for the gray REACH bins)
  • Glass bottles (in the marked bins only)
  • Aluminum cans (please empty them)
  • Other Plastics and cans (please look for a recycling triangle)

How to participate

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle! Bins are placed all over campus. The amount OIT recycles is measured and posted here each week. Every bit helps, get competitive! See the list of what can and can't be recycled.

Come to the Recyclemania pledge table in the CU every Tuesday from 12:30 - 2:30 and Wed 12:00-1:00pm to sign a pledge to recycle and get entered in a drawing for Bistro Bucks and other fun prizes.

Remember REDUCE, REUSE and then RECYCLE!

Do not put these in the bins:

  • Pizza boxes
  • Containers with liquid still in them
  • Tissues and napkins  

Compost food waste and food contaminated plates, cups and containers in the CU Marketplace - ask Marketplace staff if you have any questions on this.

Thank your for your participation!

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