Student Environmental Club Leads 2015 RecycleMania Efforts

At a recent club fair, Montgomery County Community College Environmental Club Co-Presidents Natalya Martin (left) and Natalie DeSantis showcased the amount of recyclable materials that are mistakenly thrown in the trash during a given lunch hour at the Central Campus. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

At a recent club fair, Montgomery County Community College Environmental Club Co-Presidents Natalya Martin (left) and Natalie DeSantis showcased the amount of recyclable materials that are mistakenly thrown in the trash during a given lunch hour at the Central Campus. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Students from Montgomery County Community College’s  Environmental Club are leading the institution’s 2015 RecycleMania efforts, a nationwide tournament among colleges and universities designed to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.

After finishing second in Pennsylvania in the Waste Minimization category during the 2014 challenge—collecting 17.248 pounds of combined trash and recycling per capita—the College expects to maintain momentum in this, its eighth consecutive year of competing.

The 2015 competition kicked off on Feb. 1 and continues eight weeks through March 28.

During the program, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate. Final results will be announced in mid-April.

In 2014, 461 colleges comprised of 6.3 million students and staff recycled and/or composted 89 million pounds of waste.  In addition, Recyclemania 2014 resulted in a reduction of 126,597 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E).

 See the full 2014 report

Of the totals, Montgomery County Community College contributed 37,390 pounds of recycling and averaged 4.658 pounds of recycling per person each week.

According to the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), the College’s recycling efforts during last year’s competition resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 63 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which translates to the energy consumption of five households or the emissions of 12 cars.

RecycleMania is made possible through the sponsorship support of Alcoa, The Coca Cola Company and Keep America Beautiful. Additional program support is provided by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), U.S. EPA Waste Wise program, Campus Conservation Nationals, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program.

Check out the College’s Think Green blog for RecycleMania stats and updates.

To learn more about the RecycleMania 2015 competition, visit recyclemaniacs.org.

~ by Alana J. Mauger

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