Recyclemania 2014 Recap
The 2014 Recyclemania competition ran from February 2 to March 29.
The following table shows the result from this year's competition.
|Grand Champion||Single-Stream Per Capita||Gorilla|
|MO Ranking||Diversion Rate||MO Ranking||lbs/person||MO Ranking||Total lbs.|
For a recap of all the events that took place during this year's Recyclemania competition, see below.
Recyclemania kicked off this year with a new competition, "I Recycle Pledge" from Keep America Beautiful. Students were asked to sign the pledge by going online or texting the pledge along with their school's name. For this competition, the winning university received a recycled-content plastic park bench from Plastic Recyclers of Iowa Falls.
This year, Saint Louis University ranked #9 out of more than 60 schools with 90 pledges submitted during the three week pledging period.
Sustainable selfies was a new event that was used to raise awareness about recycling around campus. Students were asked to snap a picture of themselves recycling with a new theme every two weeks that spanned the entire competition. Selfie themes included: recycling food containers, recycling at home, recycling on the go, and recycling at the e-waste drive.
For 2014, RecycleMania partnered with National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Campus Ecology Program to recognize colleges and universities that staged creative and effective RecycleMania awareness campaigns. The Green Billiken submitted a case study for sustainable selfies and was included as a finalist in the competition.
Below are the winning selfie pictures submitted to the GreenBilliken through email and facebook.
RECYCLING FOOD CONTAINER RECYCLING AT HOME RECYCLING ON THE GO
Greening the Game on February 22 was an event that promoted sustainability initiatives within college athletics. This event helped promote awareness for sustainability within the community, as both SLU and the larger St. Louis metropolitan area came together in support of their local team. The collaborative partnership between Facilities Services, Athletics, Global Spectrum, Chaifetz Arena managers, and Sodexo helped to make this event a success.
Due to the efforts of our green ambassadors, SLU and Chaifetz Arena were able to divert 21% of waste from the landfill from 9,231 attendees during that single game. That equals 1,400 Lbs of recyclables or 1,019 basketballs that would have otherwise went to the landfill.
The results for the Game Day competition through Recyclemania ranked SLU as 22nd with a 21% diversion rate for single-stream items.
This year's Adopt-A-Spot competition had a unique spin off of last year's event. In addition to the three student groups and departments - Just Earth, SLU Democrats, Biology Department - adopting locations, Chartwells also participated in their own competition with 15 of their locations competing amongst themselves. The winning locations for Chartwells were Caffe in the Center for Global Citizenship (Highest Score) and Bannister (Most Improved).
The competition helped students to know what can and cannot be recycled and brought awareness to the blue recycling bins placed around campus. This competition helped students to recognize how easy and accessible recycling is at SLU.
This year's winner of the student/department Adopt-A-Spot Competition was the Biology Department.
PAIRED BINS RECYCLEMANIA BANNER WASTE AUDIT
Saint Louis University's Facilities Services, in partnership with Missouri Recycling Center, hosted the annual electronic waste collection drive on March 28. Community members, both at SLU and throughout the Saint Louis area, were encouraged to donate old, broken, or unused electronics to be responsibly recycled by MRC.
Results from this year's electronic waste drive placed SLU as 6th out of 68 schools with a total of 67,154 pounds of e-waste collected. Over 3.5 pounds were collected per capita.
Another new event this year was ShredMania, a shredding event hosted by SLU in partnership with Cintas. This event took place during the E-Waste Drive on March 28. Community members were encouraged to bring sensitive documents and other paper materials that they wanted shredded. The total poundage of shredded paper collected was recorded and helped SLU score higher in the RecycleMania competition.
This year's ShredMania event resulted in 10,500 pounds of paper collected.