Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Join 2018's RecycleMania!
Feb 4th- March 31st
What is RecycleMania?
RecycleMania is an 8-week long competition between colleges across the U.S & Canada that tracks the amount of each institutions’ weekly recycling and trash rates! Each school is then ranked in different categories based on how well & how much we recycle! Our ranking will update with each week’s results. Last year, Seattle U had a diversion rate of 67.5% placing us in 12th place overall with 400+ other schools competing! Our closest peer-competitor, Loyola Marymount University in LA, however, managed to beat us by about 15%. This year, our goal is to reach a diversion rate of 80% waste diversion and beat LMU!
So, How can you help SU reach these Goals?
1. Attend and Volunteer!
The next 8 weeks will be full to the brim with interactive, educational & fun waste events! We are asking YOU to join us for some to all of the below activities, each will include collaborating with various wonderful people working towards a just and sustainable
Green Team Waste Training: 6:10pm, Tuesday, February 6th. (PIGT 109)
Weigh the Waste: 11:30am-1:30pm, Thursday, February 22nd. (Cherry Street Market) SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Garbology Episode III: Revenge of the Compost: 9am-2pm, Thursday, March 8th. (LEML Plaza, Quad in front of Lib) SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
It is estimated that roughly 75% of the waste stream in the United States is recyclable, but only about 30% is actually recycled (EPA, 2018).
What is Recycling?
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community, the economy and the environment. -EPA, December 2017
Why is it so important?
Even though Recycling is commonly advertised as a positive practice, there are far more reasons for this than those that may seem obvious.
Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States