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Waste Management

In 2011, Stark State diverted 30.31 TONS of materials from the landfill by recycling, composting, reusing, donating, or re-selling. These actions mitigate the need to extract virgin materials, such as trees and metals. It generally takes less energy to make a product with recycled material than with virgin resources. Reducing waste generation also reduces the flow of waste to incinerators and landfills, which produce greenhouse gas emissions, can contaminate air and groundwater supplies and tend to have disproportionate negative impacts on low‐income communities. In addition, waste reduction campaigns can engage the entire campus community in contributing to a sustainability goal.

What Stark State is doing

  • Recycling bins are available throughout campus – inside and out.
  • Participant in the national RecycleMania competition
  • Annual recycling awareness campaigns

What you can do on campus and at home

National RecycleMania Competition

Stark State College:

RecycleManiaWhat is RecycleMania?
RecycleMania is the college and university recycling competition that’s sweeping the nation! During the 8-week competition, more than 600 campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can:

  • collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita
  • collect the largest amount of total recyclables
  • collect the least amount of trash per capita
  • have the highest recycling rate


  • The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded.
  • Two million plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every five minutes, less than 25% are recycled.
  • The average American contributes 800 pounds of packaging waste to landfills per year.
  • 14 million pounds of trash end up in the ocean each year.
  • Plastic bags are made of fossil fuels such as petroleum and natural gas, which are non-renewable resources.
  • Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes
  • The floating “island” of plastic and other debris swirling around in the North Pacific Gyre is more than twice the size of Texas.
  • Plastic debris resembles plankton—fish food—and there is 40 times more plastic than plankton in some parts of the ocean. In this way plastic enters our food chain.
  • Ireland reduced its plastic bag use by 90% after instituting a fee on single-use disposable plastic bags.
  • China banned “ultra-thin” plastic bags in 2008. They reduced their use by 40 billion bags in the first year