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UNCW Performing Well in Recyclemania 2015 Competition

UNCW is participating in Recyclemania 2015, a competition among 600 colleges across the U.S. and Canada. The eight-week competition promotes waste reduction activities and rallies campus communities as they go up against other schools each week. The competition is based on pounds of recycling per capita. The contest ends on March 28th.

At the end of week six, UNCW was shown to have 10.8 pounds/capita. So far, UNCW ranks first among participating schools in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and second in the UNC system, just behind UNC-CH by only 1.8 pounds.

The competition includes the recyclable items such as paper, plastic, aluminum, as well as electronics that can be E-cycled. Computers, DVD players, calculators, phones, small appliances and more are acceptable. Collected materials are weighed at the beginning of the week on Mondays or Tuesdays. The on-campus recycling center is located at the corner of Lionfish Dr. and Plyler St. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“It is a self-reporting situation, which makes it more of a celebration of what recycling and the university are accomplishing rather than being a ‘die hard’ competition,” said Kat Pohlman, Sustainability Coordinator at UNCW. “I think it’s important for the campus to know how to recycle. I truly believe that if everyone cleaned out their work areas/study space that we could come #1 in the state and CAA in weight of recycling per person, and maybe even #1 overall for the entire competition in E-cycling!”


UNCW Sustainability has many events planned for the spring of 2015, but one of the most exciting may be Recyclemania.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

How you can help!

  • Clean out any recyclable items you may have such as papers, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, or electronics.
  • Download these flyer1 and flyer2 to send to coworkers/organizations/classes to educate about recycling at UNCW.
  • Spread the word!!!!!

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updated March 23, 2015

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