Mississippi Valley State University’s Sustainability Initiative will kick-off its RecycleMania competition Sunday, February 2 through March 29. RecycleMania is an eight week recycling competition with more than 500 colleges and universities competing against each institution's recycling program.
“The Sustainability Initiative educates students, faculty and staff about not only the importance of recycling, but also provides reasons why making recycling a habit is beneficial to the environment as well as the students of MVSU,” said LaFecia Hoover, Sustainability Coordinator. “Recycling is so easy and beneficial so why not help save the planet that we hold so dear.”
The main goal of the event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds. During the eight week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.
This is Valley’s second year competing in the benchmark areas of paper, plastic and cardboard.
University encourages recycling throughout the year, all faculty, staff and
students are strongly encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle during the annual
RecycleMania competition to re-emphasize the importance of reducing landfill
waste and to help MVSU defeat fellow schools.
Each week, RecycleMania standings will be posted online at http://recyclemaniacs.org/scoreboard to help motivate campuses to continue recycling.
Below is a list of items that will be accepted -
Clean no. 1-2 plastic bottles, tubs and containers. No plastic bags, pesticide or motor oil containers, Styrofoam, microwavable or food trays.
Aluminum cans – not crushed or flattened.
Newspapers and newspaper inserts – no plastic bags
Magazines, catalogs, phone books and books
Opened junk mail and envelopes
Office paper – Mixed, Astrobright or carbon paper
Paperboard – cereal and clothing boxes and egg cartons