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The results are in from the 2011 RecycleMania event and Southwestern College fared well with state wins in four categories. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
Southwestern ranks #1 in the state of Kansas in the following categories:
• Grand Champion Division (percentage of waste being recycled)—Southwestern is at 27.03 %
• Per Capita Classic (the amount of recycling collected per student at SC)—SC is at 8.53 lbs. per student.
• Cumulative paper recycled per person—4.54 lbs. per person.
• Bottles and cans (includes steel, aluminum, plastic, and glass)—1.41 lbs. collected per person.
Southwestern finished in front of the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Johnson County Community College in each of the above categories.
SC finished in second place in the Waste Minimization category just behind Johnson County and in the cumulative cardboard recycled per person, just behind Kansas State. Complete results can be found at www.recyclemaniacs.org.
“The Green Team is trying to make it easy for students, faculty, and staff by placing recycling bins in convenient locations,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern. “We are trying to recycle a wider variety of material. We will try to keep changing and improving the recycling program in order to make it more convenient to recycle more. Our hope is that the SC family would make decisions that would lead to less waste, such as using reusable coffee cups and water bottles in lieu of disposable ones and not printing materials unless necessary. Small changes go a long way.”
The law firm of Stinson, Morrison, and Hecker financially supported Southwestern in their RecycleMania participation.