at Princeton University
January 28th – April 7th, 2007
What is Recyclemania and how do we win?
Recyclemania is a friendly recycling competition between colleges to increase recycling and decrease waste generated on campuses. This competition will help raise awareness among students and faculty about the potential to reduce trash production and increase recycling participation. A list of participating schools can be found here.
The Recyclemania competition consists of three contests, which college can:
- Recycle the most per person: "The Per Capita Classic"
- Produce the least waste per person: "Waste Minimization"
- Perform the best in the above two categories: "The Grand Champion"
During the 10-week competition, schools will report how much they recycle and throw out by weighing their waste haulers. Recyclemania posts weekly results so you can track how Princeton is doing!
Recyclemania at Princeton is being sponsored by:
- Greening Princeton
- Jon Baer, Director, Building Services
The University’s Waste and Recycling policy is found here
Is Princeton really 'crazy' about recycling?
WHAT CAN YOU RECYCLE ON CAMPUS?
If you need a recycling container in your room or building, call Building Services at 8-3490 .
Here are our results so far: (quantities in pounds)
|Recyclemania Data for 2007|
|(weight reported in pounds)|
|Municipal Trash||Paper||Bottles & Cans||Total||Recycling Total||Ratio of Recycling to Overall Waste Total||Cumulative percentage|
|Week # 1 Jan 28 - Feb. 3||76,320||37,080||8,360||121,760||45,440||37.32%||37.32%|
|Week # 2 Feb. 4 - Feb. 10||104,960||24,280||9,600||138,840||33,880||24.40%||30.44%|
|Week # 3 Feb. 11 - Feb. 17||131,440||38,740||6,620||176,800||45,360||25.66%||28.50%|
|Week # 4 Feb. 18 - Feb 24||119,760||37,680||12740||170,180||50,420||29.63%||28.82%|
|Week # 5 Feb. 25 - Mar. 3||124,640||43,640||12,740||181,020||56,380||31.15%||29.35%|
|Week # 6 Mar. 4 - Mar. 10||122,140||35,120||8,480||165,740||43,600||26.31%||28.82%|
|Week # 7 Mar. 11 - Mar 17||124,240||35,720||13,760||173,720||49,480||28.48%||28.77%|
|Week # 8 Mar. 18 - Mar 24||102,240||37,500||3,500||143,240||41,000||28.62%||28.75%|
|Week # 9 Mar. 25 - Mar. 31||114,400||42,979||9,140||166,519||52,119||31.30%||29.05%|
|Week # 10 Apr.1 - Apr. 7||-||-||-||0||0||#DIV/0!||0.00%|
Here's where we stand compared to other schools:
Note: Results are cumulative from week 1 through each week shown
See full rankings.
|Week (cumulative)||Grand Champion||Per Capita Recyclables||Waste Minimization||Paper||Cans/Bottles||Food Waste|
|1 Jan 28 - Feb. 3||14||37.32||19||14.2||40||11.05||3||3.36||11||0.76|
|2 Feb 4 -10||28||30.44||23||7.2||42||23.65||3||5.57||9||1.63|
|3 Feb 11-17||22||28.5||23||11.3||54||39.69||9||6.36||12||2.23||19||1.38|
|5 Feb. 25 -Mar. 3||25||29.35||19||21.01||56||71.56||7||11.52||9||4.54||21||1.38|
|8 Mar. 18-Mar. 24||25||28.75||20||33.17||53||115.37||8||18.41||12||6.88||4||28.34|
Easy ways to reduce waste:
- Remove yourself from junk mail lists - see dmaconsumers.org
- Print and copy double-sided
- Bring reusable mugs when getting drinks to go
- Bring your own bag when shopping
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Buy goods with minimal packaging and/or in bulk
- Filter your tap water instead of buying bottled water
- When moving out at the end of the academic year, sell your furniture on Point TigerTrade or donate it to the graduate student charity furniture drive
Facts from the National Recycling Coalition:
- Producing a product from recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy than producing it from raw materials. Similarly, producing steel from recycled materials saves 60%, recycling newspaper saves 40%, recycling plastics 70%, and recycling glass 40%.
- A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.
- Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
- Wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million. Recycling eases the demand for the resources.
- An average of 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, making mining the world's most deadly occupation. Recycling reduces the need for mining.