Students Compete to Reduce Waste
- North Lake College, current national titleholder in Waste Minimization, is eager to keep RecycleMania’s prized “Pin Man” trophy for the fifth year straight. From double –sided printing to bringing beverage containers from home, students and staff alike are in it to win it.
As the RecycleMania competition returns for its twelfth year, over 7.5 million college students and staff nationwide are brainstorming ways to minimize campus waste February 5 through March 31. During this eight-week period North Lake College may even track their competitor’s online performance against their own results to fuel new creative solutions.
The Waste Minimization category, however, requires a unique kind of focus. While most categories challenge competitors to accrue the largest amount of recyclables, Waste Minimization acknowledges schools that reduce the full amount of waste generated, including recyclables. Results are determined by dividing the weight of recyclables and trash by the total campus population.
Last year North Lake College was awarded the national title with a score of 3.07 lbs, an over fifty percent improvement in waste generation from their 2010 title-winning score of 6.17 lbs. It seems as if North Lake College is determined to beat the high score; even if it’s their own.
While a friendly no contact competition may eliminate bruises and cuts amongst national rivals, the passion RecycleMania ignites is nothing short of aggressive. Last year competitors alone collectively gathered 91 million pounds of recyclable material in their pursuit to win. Perhaps this passion stems from the competition’s 2001 roots when RecycleMania was forged out of the infamous rivalry between Ohio and Miami universities. Today over 600 colleges across 49 states and 4 Canadian provinces compete.
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