Randolph-Macon College is participating in RecycleMania,
a nationwide initiative that promotes waste reduction in campus communities and
serves as a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs. The
2012 competition runs from February 5 – March 31.
R-MC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in RecycleMania by
putting all clean recyclable paper, cardboard, plastic, glass or aluminum in one
of the many blue recycling containers throughout campus. The more we recycle, the
better R-MC will do in the competition. Click on
recycling for a complete listing of where recycling containers are located
on campus. Click on
mixed recycling for a list of items that can be placed in the recycling
Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data. Schools are then
ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the
largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, and who
has the highest recycling rate. The R-MC community can watch how their results compare
against other schools by clicking on http://recyclemaniacs.org/
and finding Randolph-Macon College under participating schools.
This is the third year that R-MC is participating in RecycleMania. The College received
a $300 grant from Keep America Beautiful to help promote the competition on campus.
R-MC Environmental Health and Safety Programs Manager Craig Collins hopes to get
more students, faculty and staff to participate in the competition. “RecycleMania
is a great way to encourage more people to recycle,” says Collins. “The competition
is a good way to remind everyone that the simple act of recycling paper, cardboard,
plastic, glass and aluminum products goes a long way to help R-MC become a greener
For over a decade, R-MC has made significant strides toward becoming a more sustainable
operation. Recently, R-MC completed construction of Andrews Hall, a LEED certified
residence hall featuring many environmentally-friendly systems, including solar
panels, rainwater reclamation and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The college
is a proud participant in the Virginia Environmental
Excellence Program (VEEP) at the E2 level. R-MC is only the second academic
institution in Virginia to have its entire campus certified by the Department of
Environmental Quality’s VEEP program.
The RecycleMania Competition is a project of the College and University Recycling
Council (CURC), which promotes increased recycling participation and waste reduction
on college campuses. Partnership support is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s WasteWise Program.
For more information on RecycleMania, visit http://recyclemaniacs.org/
or Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804)752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.