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MUSC joins recyclemaniacs

by Caroline Davila
Sustainability Program, Engineering & Facilities
As part of a national recycling campaign involving colleges and universities across the nation, MUSC has committed the next 10 weeks to “RecycleMania,” with a goal of becoming the top academic recycler and trash reducer in the country.
Starting Jan. 18, MUSC will work to collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, and have the highest recycling rate among competitors.

Throughout the friendly competition, MUSC’s recycling program office will report measurements on a weekly basis. A much-coveted trophy awaits the winner in early April.
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Wastewise Program, RecycleMania started in 2001 as a match between Ohio University and Miami University of Ohio. The program grew, and in 2008 MUSC competed with more than 200 schools and finished in the top five in three categories: office paper, cardboard and per capita classic.
With more than 93 buildings and spread across 76 acres, the MUSC campus is like a small city consuming large amounts of resources and generating much solid waste. Last year, 26 percent of its total waste was recycled, because of everyone’s response to MUSC’s sustainability efforts.
The potential always exists for further reducing the amount of resources that are consumed and disposed. RecycleMania provides an added incentive to engage the MUSC community in recycling and waste reduction in a fun and friendly way.
The competition helps create awareness of existing environmental programs and is intended to instill lifelong sustainable habits by participants. In the short run, surveys have indicated that 80 percent of participating institutions experienced an increase in recycling collection during the competition period.
For more information, visit for energy saving tips, recycling schedules and a chance to win a weekly prize. Find the recycling question of the week in The Catalyst (and other places on campus); submit an answer by the following Tuesday to for a chance to win the weekly prize. For information, call 792-9745.

To every MUSC student, faculty and staff member who pitched in—thank-you. Also thanks to the efforts of the Engineering & Facilities Recycling Program, Maintenance,Housekeeping, Grounds, MUHA Environmental Services, Dietary, Print Shop, Risk Management and Surplus (MUHA and MUSC).

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

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