The RecyleMania competition recently passed the halfway point, and Case Western Reserve University's overall totals continue to remain impressive.
"We've added approximately 3,000 pounds of composting per week to this year's totals compared to last year's," said Gene Matthews, director of facilities services. "Through the first five weeks this year we've recycled a total of 121,473 pounds compared to last year's five-week total of 88,329 pounds," he added.
Case Western Reserve's recycling rate during last year's RecycleMania was around 15 percent (as measured by dividing the total recyclables by weight over the total waste stream including recyclables by weight), a figure Matthews said the university hopes to increase this year by a significant amount.
More than 600 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and as far away as Qatar are participating in this year's competition. As more schools take part in the competition, the university's ranking in specific categories has dropped. However, Matthews said that "with a little effort we can improve our ranking through the second half of this year's competition."
According to the College and University Recycling Council (CURC), which oversees RecycleMania, surveys have indicated that 80 percent of participating schools experienced a noticeable increase in recycling collection during the competition.
The university aims to be "climate neutral," and RecycleMania is just one aspect of that commitment.
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