From February 1 to March 28, Michigan State University will compete in RecycleMania, an annual recycling competition between more than 400 colleges and universities across North America.

Over the course of the eight-week competition, students are encouraged to be on their greenest behavior because MSU’s Sustainability department will be handing out prizes to students who are “caught green-handed.”

The “Get Caught Green-Handed” initiative rewards environmentally-friendly behavior by giving those “caught” recycling on campus a prize. To support the campaign:

  • Promotional tables will be placed in high-traffic campus areas featuring recycling-related activities, interactive displays and prizes.
  • Staff members will engage students, staff and faculty to increase knowledge of what can be recycled.
  • The Be Spartan Green Facebook and Twitter accounts will recognize students “caught” green-handed.

According to Brad Kurzynowski, student recycling coordinator, “A program like ‘Get Caught Green-Handed’ is great because it rewards those who are recycling properly and motivates others to think about recycling and develop good recycling habits. I think that it will really resonate with students and hopefully will lead to increased recycling on campus, even after RecycleMania is over.”

Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate by scheduling an office clean-out. The Surplus Store and Recycling Center have everything you need to host your own office clean-out and offer a variety of containers and methods to fit your needs.

Visit for information regarding the competition.

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