• Recycle Mania Week 1 Results Released


February 12, 2008 – For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Erica Mattison at 617-973-1145, emattiso@suffolk.edu

For the second year in a row, Suffolk University is participating in the national recycling and waste reduction competition for colleges and universities.  The competition started the last week of January and runs for 10 weeks.  Suffolk is seeking to outdo its results from 2007, and is on track to do so.  By recycling and reducing trash, faculty, staff, students, and visitors can help the University surpass its previous performance and reduce its environmental impact.

Suffolk’s Week 1 Results:
Waste Minimization Category (overall waste reduction)
• Nationwide: #20 out of 85 schools participating in this category nationwide, placing us in the top 25%. 
• Statewide: #2 out of 8 Massachusetts schools participating in this category, placing us in the top 25%. 

Paper Recycling
• Nationwide: #38 out of 137 schools (top 30%)
• Statewide: #5 out of 6

Glass/Metal/Plastic Recycling
• Nationwide: #31 out of 133 (top 25%)
• Statewide: #2 out of 5 (top 40%)

Cardboard Recycling
• Nationwide: # 115 out of 127
• Statewide: #4 out of 4

Organics Recycling
• Nationwide: 34 out of 38 schools participating in this category nationwide
• Statewide: #4 out of 4 (however, our program operates in just one building, not campuswide).

Gorilla Prize Category (recognition for schools that collect the highest gross tonnage of recyclables)
• Nationwide: #78 out of 178 (top 45%)
• Statewide: #6 out of 10

The main goal of Recycle Mania is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds. RecycleMania provides many ways to gain recognition, including RecycleMania trophies, awards, and participant certificates.

RecycleMania is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), and is coordinated as a project of NRC’s College and University Recycling Council (CURC). The Coca-Cola Company is a major sponsor of RecycleMania.

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