Imagine 154,372 pounds of paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard — the equivalent of 10 stacked streetcars. This amount of refuse is what the Tulane community managed to recycle last year during the 2012 RecycleMania Tournament.
Recycling will be monitored at residence halls beginning Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, March 17.
This year, the bar is set even higher. Tulane hopes to accumulate a total of 200,000 pounds of recycling, which equals about 10 pounds recycled per person.
To help reach this goal, the Tulane Office of Environmental Affairs
and the Department of Housing and Residence Life
have organized a RecycleMania challenge for residence halls beginning Sunday, March 3, and running through Sunday, March 17. During this two-week span, student Eco-Reps and service–learning course participants will measure the recycled refuse and garbage coming out of each dorm.
“This is the first year we are doing a residence hall recycling competition,” says Rebecca Morgan, student affairs associate for environmental affairs. “All of the residence halls on the uptown campus will be competing.”
The winning residence hall will host political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry
for a gathering during the week of Earth Day. Harris-Perry is known for her television show on MSNBC, “Melissa Harris-Perry,” and for directing the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs that motivates students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation. Currently, 524 schools are involved in the United States and Canada. The competition began on Feb. 3 and concludes on March 30.
Greg Thomson is a sophomore at Tulane studying communication.