SMU tops Texas private universities in final RecycleMania 2011 standings

SMU RecycleMania logoAggressive recycling by students, faculty and staff pushed SMU to first place among Texas private colleges and universities in the 2011 RecycleMania competition’s per capita category. The University amassed a whopping 18.15 pounds of recyclable material per person over the eight-week competition.

SMU placed second among all 22 Texas colleges and universities in the per capita category, and in the top 15 percent nationwide when the results were measured against the 363 colleges and universities competing in that category.

This was the 11th year for the annual RecycleMania competition, and only the second year that SMU has entered the competition division.

“I want to thank everyone on campus for their participation,” said Eric English, environmental manager and co-chair of the SMU Sustainability Committee. “Since this was only our second year in the competition division, I believe you all should give yourselves a big round of applause. I can’t wait until next year.”

Results in the various RecycleMania categories were measured for eight weeks, Feb. 6-April 2. The tournament started with two pre-season reporting weeks beginning Jan. 23, meaning that RecycleMania was a 10-week experience for participating colleges and universities.

SMU collected 119 tons of recyclable material during this year’s competition, compared to 78 tons collected during the 10-week period last year. The Sustainability Committee also sponsored an inter-campus recycling competition during RecycleMania, resulting in these winners in three categories:

  • Residence Hall Winner: Perkins Hall
  • Academic/Athletic Facility Winner: Bridwell Library
  • Area/School Winner: Central Library

Written by Kim Cobb

> Find more RecycleMania 2011 results at the SMU News site
> Learn more about recycling from Sustainability @ SMU

Spring comes up green as SMU competes in RecycleMania 2011

SMU RecycleMania imageEveryone’s trash – in the form of paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard – will be SMU’s treasure during RecycleMania 2011, now running through April 2.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities in their campus communities.

SMU will collect and track recycling materials throughout the 10-week competition involving hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the nation. That data will then be ranked according to the largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables and highest recycling rate.

How can those on the SMU campus help the University rise in the RecycleMania ranks? It’s simple: Sort things out.

“It’s especially important that we place anything that can be recycled [other than corrugated cardboard] either in blue bins or trash cans lined with clear bags,” says Eric English, SMU’s environmental manager. The University’s ranking in the competition goes higher the more the bins are used.

“Corrugated cardboard is an exception: It should be collected by each building’s custodians, who will help get it compacted or baled. Traditional garbage should go in a trash bin’s black bag,” English added.

Last year, SMU collected 77.59 tons of recycled material and placed 5th out of 21 competing Texas universities in the Per Capita Classic division (ahead of Rice, Baylor, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas and Texas A&M). Overall, SMU finished 107 out of 346 schools in the Per Capita Classic Single-Stream (paper, cans and bottles) division and 151 out of 231 in the Targeted Materials (corrugated cardboard) division.

“SMU is known for its commitment to excellence,” English says. “This is one way to prove what we can do on the sustainability front.”

To learn more about or volunteer for SMU recycle programs, sustainability initiatives and how RecycleMania works, contact English at 214-768-2163 or by e-mail.

> Find more information at the RecycleMania site
> Visit the SMU Sustainability Committee online
> Learn more about SMU’s recycling programs