Diversion Dominance

California State University, San Marcos, reclaims Recyclemania victory.

California State University, San Marcos, once again took the crown in this year's Recyclemania, a 10-week, nationwide competition in which colleges and universities compete to collect the most recyclables. The contest is overseen by the Washington-based National Recycling Coalition. Recycling 71.82 percent of its waste, this was CSU's sixth Grand Champion victory in as many years, making them the New York Yankees of collegiate recycling competitions.

More than 600 schools took part in this year's event. Combined, the participating students, campus faculty and staff recycled or composted more than 84.5 million pounds (lbs.) of waste over 10 weeks, compared to 69.4 million lbs. in 2009.

Other categories recognized included:

  • Waste Minimization (lowest overall amount of recyclables and trash per person): North Lake College, Irving, Texas (6.17 lbs. per person)

  • Per Capita Classic (total lbs. of recyclables collected per person): U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn. (81.75 lbs. per person)

  • Gorilla Prize (highest cumulative weight of recyclables): Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J. (2,541,093 lbs.)

Schools also were honored for targeting specific materials (in lbs. per person):

  • Paper: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass. (30.71 lbs.)

  • Corrugated Cardboard: Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich. (25.23 lbs.)

  • Bottles & Cans: Ursinus College, Collegeville, Penn. (19.44 lbs.)

  • Food Service Organics: Johnson & Wales University, Denver (41.79 lbs.)

For more information about Recyclemania, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org.

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