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Items accepted for this competition: Mixed and White Paper, Cardboard, Aluminum Cans, Glass, Plastics #1 and #2, and Tin-Coated Steel Cans.

Please recycle everything possible. If you want to help us even more, we can always use some more volunteers.

How this Competition Works:

This year, RecycleMania includes two different competitions. The first is the Per Capita Recycling Competition (also referred to as the Per Capita Classic). In this competition, we calculate the weight of recycled material per person on campus each week. The second competition is the Per Capita Waste Reduction Competition. This adds total recycling weights to total trash weights per person per week. The campus population is calculated where each on-campus resident counts as 1.0 person, each full-time student, faculty, or staff not living on campus counts as 0.75 persons, and each part-time student, faculty, or staff not living on campus counts as 0.5 persons. With 3,056 campus residents, 8,814 full-time students not living on campus, 2,381 full-time faculty/staff not living on campus, 2,591 part-time students not living on campus, and 244 part-time faculty/staff not living on campus, our total population for the competition is 12,867.5 people.

So, for the Per Capita Recycling Competition, the calculation will look like this:

Total weight of recycled materials = Per Capita Recycling
15,428 people

For the Per Capita Waste Reduction Competition, the calculation will look like this:

Total weight of recycled material + Total weight of trash = Per Capita Waste
15,428 people

We’ll calculate these totals each week and post them on the website. The other schools’ information can be found on the RecycleMania website at http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/universities.asp by clicking on their respective names.

If you would like to get involved to help with the RecycleMania competition or any aspect of recycling on campus, or if you have any questions regarding the competition or recycling and waste reduction in general, contact us at recycling@usu.edu.

Bin locations and pick-up schedules for all campus buildings can be found on our website at http://www.usu.edu/recycle/Buildings.htm by clicking on the building name then scrolling down to find it on the page.

For official rules and to look at information on other schools competing etc, go to: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/about.

Upcoming Activities

02/04/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm, TSC Patio Waste Diversion. Free Ibis & Food. Live Aggie Radio.
02/25/2105, 10:00am-2:00pm, TSC Patio Reuse Your Use. Free Ibis & Swag. (bottles, bags, mugs, etc.) Live Aggie Radio.
03/24/2105, 10:00am-2:00pm, TSC Patio Thrift Shopping. Free Ibis & Prize Drawing Giveaways. Live Aggie Radio.

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Check out our Links page to view more great information. For example did you know USU has it's own Surplus Sales. Also USU has True Blue Reuse Sales.

Recyclables Currently Recycled:

Mixed Paper, white paper, card stock, corrugated cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastics #1 and #2, tin-coated steel cans, scrap metal, rigid styrofoam, wooden pallets, batteries, green waste, e-waste, furniture, & office supplies.

Recycling Goals

Last year during the competition times we recycled 1.45 lbs. per person per week, and our goal is to increase that by 10%, to 1.6 lbs. per student per week for the 10 weeks in 2006. This should be easy considering last year we threw away 7.12 lbs. per person per week.

How will your university SPECIFICALLY measure the recyclables? Will you use volume based or actual weight measurements?:

For the most part, we will use actual weights. The only exception to that will be with the paper that is collected from campus by our student workers. They fill up 32-gallon barrels with paper, and those average 80 lbs. each when full, not including container weights. So, we'll base those containers on volume, being that a full container weighs 80 lbs., a 3/4 full weighs 60 lbs., half is 40 lbs., and 1/4 is 20 lbs. Those collecting the paper will simply be able to say how full the containers are and then calculate the weight based on how full they are.

RecycleMania on-going and former year Results: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/results.asp