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FINAL RecycleMania Results!

The 2012 RecycleMania competition is complete! This year, during the eight weeks of the event, our campus recycling rate was 31.33%, or 15.17 pounds/person. Our non-recycled trash going to the landfill weighed in at 48.41 pounds/person over the eight weeks.

The tables below show the final results  as well as where our efforts placed us among all the Wisconsin Colleges and Universities participating in the competitive category.

State of Wisconsin Results

 

News Bit: NIKE, NASA Just Do It, Partner on Waste

By Leon Kaye, TriplePundit.com, April 9, 2012

“Last week NASA and NIKE kicked off ‘LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge’ to find 10 ‘game changing’ innovations that could revamp current waste management systems. The immediate steps are to find new methods to minimize waste or alter it into new products. In the long term, the goal is to have these new waste processing systems aid space travel in the future.

Those interested in participating in the program have until May 15 to submit ideas for the elimination, transformation and mitigation of waste. LAUNCH is also seeking proposals for waste reduction education and financial strategies. This initiative welcomes any innovations that can help with waste diversion or zero-waste strategies that can benefit in households, communities, businesses or industry.

The fundamentals behind LAUNCH are growing concerns over the effects that the world’s increasing population coupled with diminishing resources call for a complete redesign and rethink of how societies approach waste. Current practices from the obvious, incineration and landfill disposal, to even more sustainable processes like recycling and ‘upcycling,’ (which use energy and do not always address consumerism and the accumulation of ‘stuff’) are untenable in the long run.”

To read more about how shoes and rockets work together go HERE.

RecycleMania Results: Week 7

Latest RecycleMania results are in:

Saved to date through recycling efforts:

  • 62 Metric tons of CO2 equivalent
  • 33 cars off the road
  • energy consumption of 16 households

RecycleMania Results: Week 5

Here’s the latest results!

RecycleMania Results: Week 4

Here are the results for Week 4 of RecycleMania – half way through the competition!

RecycleMania Results: Week 3

Here’s the results for Week 3 – we’re improving in our waste minimization efforts!

And here’s some of the items posted on the “Pledges to Save the Planet” wall at the Union last week:

  • Educate others on how to live simply & sustainably!
  • I will bring my recyclable grocery bag in the store when I shop.
  • Bike instead of drive!
  • Refilling my water bottle instead of buying new.
  • Using reusable bags, making “greener” choices when purchasing food, and car pooling more often.
  • Eat ogranic and buy loal. No plastic and natural products.
  • Educating myself on important environmental issue and following through with solutions.
  • Riding the bus more and reducing my meat consumption.
  • Volunteering for sustainable causes, planting trees, reusing, reducing and spreading the word.
  • Dedicating mindful effort constantly to reduce my negative impact & to encourage health, growth & education.
     

Schedule of Events: RecycleMania Week

RECYCLEMANIA WEEK!

Pick up your FREE Reusable Bag (limited quantity available)

When:  February 27 – March 2

Where: Cloud Commons, University Union

What:

  • All Week
    Reusable Bag Giveway – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Pledge wall – make a pledge, be entered to win a bike!
    Information & Displays
  • Monday, February 27
    Sustainable Rides Information – 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
  • Tuesday, February 28 
    Featured Recycling Activity – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 29
    Sustainable Rides Information – 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
    Featured Recycling Activity – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Food Vendor Booths - free samples! - 11 a.m – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1
     Featured Recycling Activity - 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, March 2
    Sustainable Rides Information – 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
    Featured Recycling Activity – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check it out! Get a free reusable bag, try a craft, stack some caps, make a pledge, and recycle more!

RecycleMania Results: Week 2

The data is in and here are the current standings…

RecycleMania Results: Week 1

RecycleMania Week 1 Results
This year, UW – Green Bay is participating in three different categories of the ‘competitive’ division of RecycleMania:  Grand Champion, Per Capita Classic, and Waste Minimization. 

  • The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school’s recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation. To be ranked in this category, schools must provide their trash, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles weight. The winner will have the highest recycling rate, which means that they not only have reduced trash disposal through waste prevention, but also have a strong recycling program for the acceptable materials.
  • The Per Capita Classic is the original and most recognized RecycleMania competition format. In this category schools compete to see which can callect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis. Results are calculated by dividing recyclng weight figures with the full-time equivalent (FTE) student and staff population of the school.
  • In the Waste Minimizationcategory schools compete to see which produces the least amount of both recyclables and trash on a per person basis. Where other categories recognize school efforts to collect the recyclables generated on campus, this competition focuses on thier efforts to reduce the amount of waste generated, including recyclables. Results are calculated by combining the core recyclable materials (paper, cardboard, cans, bottles) and with the total trash weights for a campus and dividing this number with the campus’s population figure. Schools are recognized based on the lowest overall per person quantity.

 

 

 

To sort and view rankings for yourself, visit www.recyclemania.org .

News Bits: Green Cheeseheads

This is a few weeks old, but worth the read!

“As we prepare to enjoy this Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, let us spare a moment to memorialize the dear dispatched Green Bay Packers. But give the Packers’ organization credit: they’re not sitting home pouting. Instead they’re using the early playoff exit as an opportunity to get started on improvements to Lambeau Field, which included recycling the stadium’s aging scoreboard, according to Green Bay, Wis., ABC affiliate WBAY.

The Packers are working with Waste Management (it must be more than sheer coincidence that the two organizations sport identical yellow and green color schemes) to recycle the enormous device. An estimated 90 percent of the scoreboard is recyclable, including steel, aluminum, vinyl, wiring and circuit board materials and LEDs, although it will have to be shipped to Minneapolis for processing since Waste Management’s Milwaukee recycling center is not large enough for the job.

To quote a cheeky commenter on WBAY’s website, ‘This is not the first time the Packers organization has tried throwing something out and where their trash ended up in Minnesota.’

Ouch.”

Source: Waste360.com