TU meets 2011 RecycleMania goal of waste minimization

Campus totals in refuse and recycling reduced from last year

RecycleManiaTOWSON, Md. (April 11, 2011)—Towson University successfully reduced overall campus waste in both recycling and refuse during this year’s RecycleMania competition, meeting the university's goal to minimize waste.

In past years, the campus has strived to recycle as much material as possible. This year, however, TU Sustainability Director Jack Nye encouraged students, faculty and staff not only to recycle but also to reduce recyclable waste by reusing containers, paper and other products whenever possible.

The result was a six percent reduction in recycled waste from last year. Even more impressively, the campus also reduced trash waste by more than 15 percent.

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 February 6 and ended April 2, with a week-long pause for spring break. Weekly recycling totals fluctuated over the duration of the competition, peaking at more than 64,000 pounds during Week 4.

Towson has participated in RecycleMania since 2006. In last year’s competition, the university community recycled nearly 140 tons of material and disposed of 369 tons of refuse.

Visit the Recyclemania competition website to see the results. For more information on where and how to recycle on campus, as well as other university sustainability initiatives, visit Towson's Go Green website.






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