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SLU Takes Top Honor in National RecycleMania College Tournament

by Jeanette Grider on 05/10/2019
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Results of the annual National Wildlife Federation campus competition RecycleMania were announced Tuesday, May 7, and Saint Louis University scored gold for total amount of electronics recycled, coming in at 66,480 pounds collected during the eight-week event.

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Volunteers were on hand to do the heavy lifting as people dropped off everything from computers to appliances to mountains of paper for secure shreadding at the annual E-Waste/ShredMania event. Submitted photo

RecycleMania is a friendly competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Some 300 campuses in 43 states competed in RecycleMania in 2019 engaging 4.25 million students and 900,000 faculty and staff for a total of more than 5.1 million participants.

RecycleMania is part of SLU’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and involvement in activities to recycle and repurpose items to avoid adding more to landfills. Led by the Facilities Management team, participation by students, faculty and staff have helped SLU reach higher every year leading to the top recognition.

"First place has been our SLUstainability goal since we started participating in the electronics recycling competition," said Keith McCune, assistant director for Facilities Management.

In addition to the eight-week RecyleMania event, the SLU  and greater St. Louis communities  did their part for the environment at the annual E-Waste/ShredMania event Thursday, March 29, bringing in bags of paper for confidential shredding, old appliances and more. DPS was also on hand for people to turn in expired medications.

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SLU partnered with Midwest Recycling to collect broken, outdated and unwanted electronics. Submitted photo

The annual college competition during the spring semester each year.