Towson rallies campus community for RecycleMania 2012

University-wide recycling challenge returns, aims to reduce overall waste

TU students recyclingTOWSON,
Md. (J
an. 24, 2012)—For the seventh consecutive year, Towson University will compete against more than 600 colleges and universities in RecycleMania, a national recycling and waste minimization tournament.

The eight-week competition begins February 5 and will continue through March 31. Participating colleges and universities will contend in a number of categories including recycling rate and overall waste minimization.

"The importance of this competition is to raise awareness about the campus community’s impact on the environment and to provide information about how each individual can reduce this impact," says Jack Nye, sustainability director for Towson University.

Schools submit weekly campus recycling and waste statistics throughout the competition, and standings are updated online each week based on the numbers submitted.

Towson has participated in RecycleMania since 2006. In last year’s competition, TU recycled more than 130 tons of material. This year, Towson's goal remains further improvement in waste minimization and overall conservation.

"Our institutional focus is to continue to become more efficient with our campus systems and operations each year, and realize a decrease in the solid waste stream generated on campus," explains Nye.

"If our campus continues to grow in enrollment and facilities, as anticipated, we can expect our total solid waste to also increase. Therefore, developing and tracking normalizing metrics—solid waste per capita, per 1,000 gross square feet of space—will be an important way to measure and demonstrate our progress in reducing campus-wide waste."

For more information on where and how to recycle on campus, visit Towson's Go Green website.







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