University Participates in National Recyclemania Challenge

Texas Tech has kicked off an eight-week challenge encouraging the campus to reduce waste.

“Guns up, Green up!”

That is Texas Tech’s motto for this year’s nationwide Recyclemania challenge.

Universities across the United States and Canada participate in the eight-week challenge to encourage staff and students to reduce waste generation and increase recycling efforts (according to the Recyclemania website). The schools compete in different categories based on who recycles more on a per-capita basis, has the best recycling rate percentage and generates the least amount of waste.

University Student Housing manages Texas Tech’s competition, in part with Hospitality Services, Student Union and Activities, the United Spirit Arena, Parking Services, the ID Office, Recreational Sports, HSC printing and the Student Government Association.

The competition, which kicked off Feb. 3, is a great way to raise awareness about recycling and encourage people to recycle more, said Student Housing Unit Manager Melanie Tatum.

“Recyclemania is a fun way to encourage recycling through competition,” Tatum said. “There are several Big 12 schools participating, and we would love to beat all of them.”

In addition to the recognition Texas Tech receives by participating in the Recyclemania challenge, Tatum said the school is paid for everything recycled.

“All the money goes to a Sustainability Scholarship,” Tatum said. “We give out ten $1,000 scholarships in the spring. So, the more we recycle, the more we have for scholarships.”

Staff and students can find a 24/7 Recycle Collection Center for recyclables from home behind Housing Services, located across from the Art 3D building at 3301 Physical Plant Dr. Tatum said the center takes plastic, aluminum, tin, paper, cardboard and glass, as well as electronics and textiles.

“All we ask is everything be bagged, and all food and drink containers be empty and rinsed out,” Tatum said.

The competition will continue through March 29, and the winner of each category will receive an award made of recyclable material, and the opportunity to host the special traveling trophy for the coming year.



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