Kent State students are rewarded after making use of the universityâ€™s recycling bins around campus during this yearâ€™s RecycleMania. Once a student recycled a product, they received a prize from the RecycleMania Committee.RecycleMania is supported by the sustainability office, which specializes in the ongoing recycling efforts at Kent State.
Knowles said that the eight-week tournament is a good time for students, faculty and staff to be mindful to reduce, reuse and recycle.
â€œOn-campus recycling is single stream, which means that plastic containers (#1 and #2), glass, aluminum, paper, paperboard and corrugated cardboard, can all go in the same recycling container, indoors or outdoors,â€ Knowles said.
â€œI can speak for Residence Services â€“ our resident assistant, hall director, assistant hall director, housekeeping staff and administrative staff members each play a role in the RecycleMania challenge each year,â€ Weyand said. â€œItâ€™s a two-month span that we really focus on building the habit of recycling.â€
The tournament is for the entire campus. By framing recycling in competitive terms, RecycleMania seeks to tap school spirit as a motivator to reach students and university employees who may not otherwise respond to environmental messages.
â€œThe larger outcome for the program is to build awareness of the campus recycling programs across North America and to have one collective push toward building the recycling habits of those individuals on and visiting the campus,â€ Weyand said.
The most recent 2012 competition included 605 colleges representing 49 states. More than 6.2 million students and staff participated, collectively recycling 94 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials.
â€œWeâ€™d like to see the faculty and staff start thinking green and carrying it back to the classroom or the office,â€ said Bill Steiner, director of Portage County Waste. â€œMaking recycling a priority will really help out the local economy. The waste district has a $2 million impact on the economy through our wages, taxes and business.
For more information, visit the RecycleMania 2013 website.