Mississippi Valley State University

April 23, 2014

University News

MVSU Set To Kick-off 2nd Annual RecycleMania Competition

February 03, 2014

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.

While the 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

  • Cardboard boxes