is a friendly competition among colleges and universities in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate.
The main goal of this event is to increase awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds. RecycleMania helps participating colleges and universities make achievements in recycling and waste reduction!
North Lake College was the national winner of the Recyclemania 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Waste Minimization competitions, with an average 1,097 pounds per week of recyclables and 1,643 pounds of trash per week in 2012. That's an average of 0.36 cumulative pounds per person each week.
In 2012, North Lake fell to second place, just one-eighth of one pound behind Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. In 2013, North Lake placed second again, one-third of a pound behind Valencia.
How can you help?
Three simple words: reduce, reuse, recycle! Be mindful in reducing waste by using less and by selecting sustainable products. Wood, metal and other products can be 'reclaimed' and used again. Many items you purchase can be cleaned and reused or repurposed. Materials such as glass, paper, aluminum and certain types of plastic can be recycled. Even the smallest effort adds up to a more sustainable college, community and planet.
Help care for our environment and engage in a little healthy competition at the same time. 2013's competition is over, but start reducing your waste now to prepare for next year's RecycleMania. North Lake needs your help to win back the title and reclaim Pin Man!
Please email Steve Schellenberg
, or call him at 972-273-3177 for more information.