Texas Tech begins its first participation in RecycleMania, a competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. The competition is organized by University Student Housing with help from Hospitality, Recreational Sports, Copy/Mail, Operations, Student Union and Activities, the College of Human Sciences, the ID Office, Traffic & Parking and the U.S. Green Building Council student organization.
The competition begins Sunday (Feb. 3) and continues through an eight-week period during which participating schools will be ranked according to their recycling rate. The competition culminates on March 30.
“Texas Tech is becoming a leader in the community with regards to sustainability,” said Sean Duggan, managing director for University Student Housing. “RecycleMania is a great way to raise awareness on campus while having fun and competing with other universities throughout the country. We are hopeful that our participation will educate the Texas Tech community and Lubbock that we are concerned about sustainability and doing the right thing for everyone’s future environment.”
RecycleMania kicks off with an event on Monday (Feb. 4) at the Student Union Building near Copy/Mail. Information about campus recycling will be available and the event will feature fun facts about items collected on the Texas Tech campus during the last several years. The first 500 people who bring a bag of plastic bottles to be recycled will receive a free T-shirt and free wristbands will be available to those who bring at least one bottle to recycle.
In addition to recycling bins available all over campus, several new containers will be placed at the Law Library, the Engineering Key and the Human Sciences Building to encourage recycling and promote the competition. RecycleMania will be featured during the Lady Raider basketball game versus the University of Texas on Feb. 17.