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Recyclemania 2012

Recyclemania 2012

SLU participates in the nationwide inter-collegiate competition called RECYCLEMANIA. The premise is simple - the school who recycles the most per capita, as measured on a weekly basis, wins! The competition is a way to help our school, our community and the environment by being especially conscious about what we throw away. SLU SGA's office provided Recyclemania buttons and asked students to take the recycling pledge.
For more information, visit Recyclemania's website
Questions? Post them on the Recyclemania Facebook


Previous Year's Results  

Things to know

  • SLU participates annually in RecycleMania 
    • The University began participating in Recyclemania in 2011 and will continue to participate in this activity going forward. For more information on Recyclemania click here
    • Recycling receptacles and trash dumpsters are weighed every week on SLU's campus during Recyclemania to not only determine the amount of recycling, but also the amount of waste our campus alone diverts from landfills.
    • For a brief overview of a Recyclemania presentation click here
    • 2012 current results click here
  • SLU uses Single Stream recycling in partnership with Waste Management 
    • Single-stream recycling is the method in which the consumer places all recyclables, including glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, and cardboard, into a single bin. This eliminates the need to sort the materials, making it easier and more user-friendly to recycle.
    • Waste Management recycling dumpsters are offered on campus and can be identified by their yellow stripe on the top of the container, along with the recycling signaWM recycling dumpsterge.
    • By switching to single-stream recycling the total tonnage amount of recycling has increased.
    • An increase in recycling has decreased our overall waste expenses by 15% over the past three years.
    • To find out ‘WHAT TO RECYCLE' click on the link
    • For a list of all SLU's large outdoor recycling dumpsters (the ones with the yellow lids!), click here and locate the one nearest you.

Results for 2012 

  • (9th out of 10 MO schools with 21.08%) The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school's recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation
  • (5th out of 9 with 11.24 lbs/person) In the per Capita category schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis.
  • (3rd out of10 with 190,860 lbs)The Gorilla Prize category recognizes schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard and bottle and cans regardless of campus population.

Results for 2011

  • (4th out of 7 MO schools with 22.49%) - Grand Champion category
  • (5th out of 8 with 7.93 lbs/person) - Per Capita category
  • (4th out of 8 with 110,832 lbs) - Gorilla category

Read the STL Higher Ed Sustainability Consortium's 2011 RecycleMania St. Louis Regional results bulletin for further information on the region's increased recycling focus.

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