Tulane University is one of more than 200 colleges and universities participating in the national RecycleMania tournament beginning Sunday, Feb. 3, and ending Saturday, March 30.
For the next eight weeks, all trash and recyclables collected by the uptown and downtown campuses will be measured and weighed against similar materials at competing institutions nationwide.
During last year’s competition, Tulane ranked 181 out of 338 in the Per Capita Classic division — the amount recycled per person, normalized for a population size. By this measure, it was determined that Tulane recycled 9.54 pounds of waste per person.
In the overall competition, Tulane ranked 117 out of 296 competing institutions and recycled 154,372 pounds of waste.
“This year, I think Tulane as a whole can do even more to decrease our waste and increase our recycling rate,” says Rebecca Morgan, student affairs associate for the Office of Environmental Affairs. “I’m excited to see how the competition will turn out.”
Liz Davey, director of the Office of Environmental Affairs, says that the competition isn’t just about recycling. It’s also important to reduce the amount of trash the university sends to the landfill.
Tulane records indicate that in 2012, the uptown campus recycled about 291 tons of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and metal cans. Davey says she hopes the RecycleMania competition will spark a renewed interest in recycling this semester.
To make recycling easier, the Office of Environmental Affairs has added 130 new bottle and can recycling bins inside residence halls and other campus buildings.
For more information on recycling, waste reduction and the competition, visit recycle.tulane.edu