Stark State College will defend its Top Ten title when the 2013 RecycleMania tournament kicks off during the first week of February. The national competition pits college campuses against each other to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.
Last year Stark State earned 10th place nationwide. The competition measured more than 91 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics, preventing the release of 127,553 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere during 2011.
Stark State and more than 600 schools representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces will compete in nine categories to see which recycles the most on a per capita basis, who produces the least amount of waste and who recycles the largest percentage of its overall waste stream.
RecycleMania runs through March 29 and ranks schools based on standardized weight measurements. Schools submit weight data for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, food waste and general trash each week, and are able to see how they measure up against each other in the continuously updated results.
In conjunction with the national competition, Stark State is encouraging on-campus recycling through an inter-office recycling competition. Also on the agenda, students will don lab coats adorned with trash to catch their peers “green handed,” offering rewards for recycling, using reusable water bottles and other earth-friendly acts. A visual “art” installation of 12 chairs wrapped in plastic bags will draw attention to just how much trash each of us produces each year.
“Although Stark State has done very well in the past, RecycleMania is about more than simply winning,” said Stefanie Smith, Stark State’s sustainability coordinator. “It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about our campus sustainability program as well as waste reduction and conservation issues in general.”
The RecycleMania competition began in 2001 as a challenge between Miami University and Ohio University. Today, it is independently owned by RecycleMania, Inc., which is governed by a steering committee made up of recycling managers from participating universities.
The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Alcoa, The Coca-Cola Company, SCA Tissue, Keep America Beautiful and the American Forest & Paper Association. Additional program support is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the College, University Recycling Coalition, Campus Conservation Nationals and the United Negro College Fund.
A complete list of participants can be found at recyclemaniacs.org. For more information about Stark State’s RecycleMania or sustainability programming, contact Stefanie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-494-6170, Ext. 4993.