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RecycleMania 2011 Kicks Off at Georgetown

RecycleMania A recycling raid where students dig out recyclable items out of trash bins and display the collection in Red Square is among this year's events.

February 8, 2011 – RecycleMania 2011, a national competition among colleges and universities to collect the largest amount of recyclables and meet other goals, kicked off over this past weekend and runs through April 2.

“RecycleMania is a way to engage our community in reducing waste,” says Audrey Stewart, program coordinator for sustainability at Georgetown. “It helps us benchmark against other schools and gives people a reason to get enthusiastic about recycling for a couple months.”

Over a period of 10 weeks, 630 schools will report recycling and trash data. The schools are then ranked according to which ones 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.

Setting a Tone

RecycleMania is a project of the College and University Recycling Council with program management by Keep America Beautiful in coordination with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program.

The office of sustainability as well as university facilities and student housing administer the program at Georgetown.

Initiatives and Events

The office of sustainability is launching two new initiatives this spring, including distributing desk-side recycling bins to two freshman residence halls and launching a Green Offices program for faculty and staff.

One of the student events planned for RecycleMania is a recycling raid, in which students dig recyclable items out of trash bins and display the collection in Red Square. There will also be another light bulb exchange in conjunction with the Facilities Department and Off Campus Student Life after the success of the fall semester’s effort.

Last year, Georgetown received the recognition of being a “Grand Champion” after last year’s effort put the university in the top 15 percent.

Green Scene

EcoAction, a student led sustainability group on campus, uses the RecycleMania competition to engage the community about recycling and sustainability efforts.

“As the student environmental group that deals with campus eco-initiatives and environmental education, our main goals are teaching students how to recycle, which is harder than it seems, and making sure that doing so is as easy as possible from a student perspective,” says Claire Austin (SFS’12), EcoAction co-president, who said that Megan Griffin (C’14) will be spearheading the group’s RecycleMania efforts. “RecycleMania and the events leading up to Earth Day are great opportunities for Georgetown's green scene to work together.”

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