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SLCC wins 2012 recycling award

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) has received the first-ever Utah Most Valuable Recycling Program award from the Recycling Coalition of Utah. Like the Stanley Cup, the Utah MVP award is a traveling trophy that is issued yearly. Unlike the Stanley Cup, this award is made from recycled materials.

SLCC received the award for its participation in the international RecycleMania campaign.

RecycleMania is a national competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. To participate, colleges are ranked on the amount of recycling and trash collected each week over an eight-week period and are ranked according to per-capita recycling, recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and on generating the least amount of waste.

The college participates in RecycleMania because the program motivates students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation, to generate attention and support for campus recycling programs, and allows the institution to improve its recycling efforts by measuring and benchmarking recycling activity.

The college currently recycles at all 13 locations. Over 1,200 recycling bins are used every day at SLCC campuses. The college has even expanded its recycling efforts to Cate Field and the Bruin Softball field – where coaches for the top-ranked programs are looking into discovering novel ways to recycle intercollegiate eligibility for their respective athletes.