Recyclemania is back! This is PSU’s 6th year participating in the National Recycling Competition between colleges and universities. The competition runs from February 3rd to March 30th 2014, throughout campus, and we hope to demonstrate that we are one of the most sustainable campuses in New Hampshire by recycling more of our waste than other universities and colleges. Let’s show that at PSU green is more than our school color!
We are in the first week of the 10 week competition, and we are encouraging all members of the campus community to make an extra effort to recycle. We record the weight of co-mingled recycling and trash collected each week, which is then entered into the national Recyclemania competition. Physical Plant and the Office of Environmental Sustainability collaborate to promote the competition, do the hard work of collecting the recyclables, and report the data on our campus efforts.
Plymouth State University participates in the Gorilla Prize, Waste Minimization, Grand Champion, and Per Capita Classic categories of the competition. In the Gorilla Prize competition, the school with the highest gross tonnage of recyclables wins. The Waste Minimization category focuses on the efforts to reduce waste generated by determining which school produces the least amount of waste, including both trash and recyclables, on a per person basis. The Grand Champion category the amount of recycling produced at PSU is divided by the total weight of the trash and recycling we produce to determine the school’s recycling rate. Finally, in the Per Capita Classic schools compete to see who can collect the most recycling on a per person basis.
The winners of this competition will receive national recognition as well as the satisfaction of helping live in a more sustainable society. Last year our recycling totals declined a slightly from previous years, but we are hopeful hat with more awareness we can improve. So, start recycling and let’s be #1 in the state this year!
What can you do to help? Simply take your recyclables to the recycling bins! There are large bins in all of the Resident halls and throughout campus building to make doing the right thing as easy as possible. If you have cardboard to recycle simply flatten it and place it behind recycling bins in your building. Finally, be sure only recyclable materials without waste in them go in recycling bins, as contamination with waster can result in processing plants rejecting recyclable materials.
If everyone does the simple task of recycling it will add up fast. The more people that participate, the better our school’s numbers are and the higher we rank, so let’s make green more than just our school color at Plymouth State University!