K-State tops Big 12 in Recyclemania 2015

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This year, Kansas State University ranks at the top of the Big 12 Conference in the national Recyclemania competition for colleges and universities. K-State saw a 24.5 percent increase in recycling compared with last year. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)

Once again, Kansas State University ranked at the top of the Big 12 Conference in the national Recyclemania competition for colleges and universities. K-State saw a 24.5 percent increase in recycling compared with last year, and during the eight-week competition, the university recycled a total of 348,259 pounds of recyclable material.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Throughout an eight-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

In 2014, K-State placed 138 out of 256 participating colleges and universities with a recycling rate of 27.36 percent. In 2015, K-State placed 93 out of 232 with 36.074 percent. K-State placed first among the four participating Big 12 universities: University of Texas at Austin (32.659 percent), Baylor University (23.939 percent) and University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus (16.878 percent). 

Items recycled as part of the competition included:

Mixed paper
Magazines
Phone books            
Cardboard
Newspapers
Plastic containers
Aluminum cans
Glass bottles
E-waste such as computers, printers, screens, keyboards, CDs and DVDs

“Even though the competition is over, let's keep moving forward by reducing waste and recycling,” said Bill Spiegel with the Campus Recycling Center.

Alumni also can help the university’s recycling efforts by making sure to recycle materials when they visit campus for special events such as football games. Watch for the 2015 Fan Guide for information on how to recycle this year
 

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