Pacific Joins Nationwide Recycling Competition to Raise Environmental Awareness
The University of the Pacific has joined a nationwide competition among colleges and universities seeking to reduce the most waste and recycle the most materials over a 10-week period. The competition, which involves 607 colleges and universities, will run through March 27.
RecycleMania 2010 is designed to increase recycling by students and college employees across the country and to raise awareness about the importance of on-campus sustainability programs. The competition, which started on Jan. 17, includes colleges and universities in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. UC Davis, Santa Clara and Stanford universities are among 40 California schools participating.
"We thought this was a great opportunity to raise environmental awareness among students and the entire Pacific community in a fun, competitive way," said Jaiya Ellis, project coordinator for Student Life Sustainability Programs. "Not only will this help make Pacific a more sustainable campus, it will help build on existing university-wide environmental programs."
In preparation for the competition, Pacific has purchased 1,200 seven-gallon blue recycle bins for campus residence halls and University apartments. Students are urged to fill their bins with paper, cardboard, cans and bottles. Each week Pacific submits reports on the amount of recyclable materials, food waste and general trash collected.
The school that recycles the most materials per capita, produce the least amount of waste, and recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste, will win the competition. In 2009, 510 schools collected over 69.4 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organic materials.
RecycleMania began in February 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University. It is now administered by the nonprofit organization Keeping America Beautiful (KAB) in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program.