Campuses compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste
Alcoa Foundation is partnering with Keep America Beautiful as a key sponsor of RecycleMania, an intense campus recycling competition. For eight weeks, from February 3 to March 30, 2013, colleges and universities compete to see who can divert the most waste and collect the most recyclables.
RecycleMania is an opportunity to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on campuses. In 2012, 605 participating colleges and universities collected more than 92 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics. This prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere.
Other recycling initiatives to round out the partnership include:
- Free webinars for members of the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), NGOs and other community groups to provide insights into recycling different waste streams
- Select colleges and universities receive a portion of more than 11,500 recycling bins
The KAB partnership further reinforces Alcoa’s commitment to increasing recycling across communities. If everyone recycled just one more can per week, we would reach our goal to increase recycling rates in America to 75 percent by 2015.