Trinity Washington University takes top honors in recycling
7.7 million pounds of waste not landfilled
In Washington, D.C., Trinity Washington University took top honors for
recycling 24,761 pounds of material during the contest known as RecycleMania.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mid-Atlantic
regional office promotes RecycleMania as a way to encourage colleges
and universities to reduce their waste. The competition pits colleges
against each other to see which ones can collect the most recyclables
in 10 weeks. The winning school in each state receives a congratulatory
letter and certificate from EPA along with bragging rights.
“RecycleMania has been successful in reinvigorating college campuses
to minimize their waste and take other steps to help the environment,”
said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “Participation
in our region nearly doubled this past year compared to previous years,
showing that college students want to be environmentally responsible.”
The combined efforts of students at the Trinity Washington University
and the other mid-Atlantic schools equates to an environmental benefit
of eliminating carbon emissions from 2,140 vehicles.
More than 400 schools across North America participated in the 2008 challenge,
resulting in a total of 58.6 million pounds of material recycled.
RecyleMania is affiliated with EPA’s WasteWise program, a free partnership
helping U.S. organizations eliminate or reduce costly municipal solid
waste, benefitting both the bottom line and the environment. Since collaborating
with WasteWise in 2004, RecycleMania’s enrollment has grown steadily
In selecting the winning schools, results were measured as the number
of pounds recycled per full time enrolled student. This year’s winners
by state contributed the following amounts to the 7.7 million pounds
of recycled material from the mid-Atlantic region: Trinity Washington
University, 24,761 pounds; Loyola College, 118,120 pounds; University
of Delaware, 433,881 pounds; Dickinson College, 100,910 pounds; Virginia
Military Institute, 70,948 pounds; and University of Charleston, 8,800