Nearly 140 tons of material recycled by campus community over nine weeks
TOWSON, Md. (April 5, 2010)—Towson University recycled more than 278,000 pounds of material during this year’s RecycleMania competition. Students, faculty and staff banded together to recycle nearly 140 tons of material despite snowstorms that closed school for several days during the nine-week competition. The results surpassed last year’s totals and exceeded the university’s goal of recycling more than 120 tons of material.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to several categories. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more.
The competition began January 17 and ended March 27, with a week-long pause for spring break. Weekly recycling totals built slowly over the beginning of the competition, peaking at more than 50,000 pounds during Week 8.
Towson has participated in RecycleMania since 2006. In last year’s competition, the university community recycled nearly 114 tons of material—marking a 25 percent increase over the previous year—and placed first in the state in both the Grand Champion and Waste Minimization categories.
Participating colleges and universities have until Wednesday, April 7 to submit final recycling totals, and the competition results will be announced on Friday, April 16.