by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent
Montgomery County Community College will once again take part in RecycleMania, a nationwide tournament among colleges and universities designed to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. After finishing third in Pennsylvania—with a cumulative recycling rate of 34.85% in the 2012 challenge—the College expects to maintain momentum in this, its sixth consecutive year of competing.
The preseason practice weeks run from Jan. 20-Feb. 2. The official competition kicks off on Feb. 3 and extends eight weeks to March 30.
Over a 10 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.
In 2012, 605 colleges comprising 6.2 million staff and students recycled and/or composted 94.4 million pounds of waste. In addition, Recyclemania 2012 resulted in a 148,897 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E) . Of the totals, MCCC contributed 39,780 pounds of recycling and averaged 4.9 pounds of recycling per person each week. These efforts resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 35 MTCO2E.
Additional program support is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program, College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), Campus Conservation Nationals and the United Negro College Fund.
Stay tuned to the College’s Think Green blog for weekly RecycleMania stats and updates.