From February 2 to March 29, Michigan State University will compete in www.recyclemaniacs.org, an annual eight-week recycling competition between more than 400 colleges and universities across North America. Schools compete in several categories to see who can collect the most recyclable materials and reduce their landfilled waste. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of recycling and waste management programs at participating schools by involving students, faculty and staff in a fun and friendly competition.
MSU is competing in three categories again this year:
Gorilla Prize: “The Gorilla Prize category recognizes schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard and bottle and cans regardless of campus population.” MSU reports the total weight of office paper, mixed paper, cardboard, #1-7 plastic, and metal collected from campus (including a portion of material from the Drop-off Center) each week for the full eight weeks.
E-cycleMania: “Electronics is a special category that tracks the amount of computers, printers, consumer electronics and other e-waste materials collected.” MSU reports the total weight of e-waste reused, resold (through MSU Surplus Store), or recycled during a one-month window within the eight weeks. Items from campus and the public are included.
Grand Champion: “The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school’s recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation.” MSU reports the total weight of office paper, mixed paper, cardboard, #1-7 plastic, and metal collected from campus (including a portion of material from the Drop-off Center) as Total Recycled, and MSU also reports the total weight of refuse sent to the landfill as Trash. Total Recycled and Trash are added together to equal Total Waste, and then Recycling Rate is calculated as a percentage by dividing Total Recycled by Total Waste and multiplying by 100.