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Do you know about Recylemania and how cool it is? No? Then keep reading!
Pacific University will be participating in Recyclemania this year. The event goes through February and ends on the 29th of March.
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 an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. [x]
Recyclemania has been going for thirteen years.
RecycleMania began in January 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University, when the two recycling coordinators at the schools were looking for a way to motive their student bodies to recycling more. The two schools decided to take advantage of the existing sports rivalry and challenged each other to see who could recycle the most. The first year Miami University came away with the win, collecting 41.2 lbs/person but Ohio wasn’t far behind recycling 32.6 lbs/person over the 10 week challenge.
How can I participate?
Take the pledge! Make a promise to recycle everything you can during the next two months. If you’re at Pacific, follow us on facebook to get updates on special events.
Look more carefully at what you throw away. Can it be recycled? Take your used items to Goodwill (there’s one less than a mile from campus) or offer them to your friends.
If you are not a member of the Pacific community, see if your school is participating. If you are not currently attending a school, you can make your own personal pledge to be more diligent with your recycling.
Take the pledge to recycle here.
Why should I participate?
Recycling is awesome. Not recycling is not awesome.
Still not convinced? You’ll get bragging rights, because you’ll recycle so much that Pacific is the clear winner.
National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year. [x]
Still not convinced?
If you want more general information re: Recylemania, take a look at their website.
- one tree stores an average of 10 kg CO2 per year
- two mature trees provide oxygen for four people per year
- trees can be effective windbreaks
- trees improve air quality
- trees protect against soil erosion
- trees intercept and store water
- trees are home for millions of living beings
I planted my lemon tree, what you are waiting for?
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