RecycleMania is a nationwide competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. This year, 424 schools are registered to participate, including 13 of the 14 schools in the SEC.
Last year, UTK placed 157th out of 167 schools in the waste minimization category, generating 12.3 lbs. of waste per person, per week. In order to succeed as a university, UT Recycling needs the students, faculty and staff to increase their individual waste reduction efforts. This year, UT Recycling is introducing a Student Organization competition in which the winning student organization will be awarded $200 toward their organization’s funding.
UT Recycling’s 9th annual RecycleMania will emphasize the 5R’s of waste reduction, for more information visit Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home blog:
- Refuse what you do not need
- Reduce what you do need
- Reuse what you consume
- Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce or reuse
- Rot (compost) the rest
Once your organization has signed up for a RecycleMania Team, you will be set up on the Student Organization league for Net Impact: Small Steps, Big Wins. SSBW is a social media site where residents will log their waste reduction actions to earn points for their hall’s team. Residents can participate in “5R” programs hosted by their res halls, programs hosted by UT Recycling, and selected campus events to earn additional points for their teams.
Check out the point system for more detailed descriptions of how students can get involved.