Richland College is Best in Texas in ‘RecycleMania’ Competition

Paper being recycledRichland College showed its green over the spring semester when it took home prizes for first in the state and fifth in the U.S. and Canada in RecycleMania, an annual competition for college and university recycling programs.

Each spring, colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected for a period of eight weeks and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. Richland College was fifth overall in the competition and first in the state of Texas.

“RecycleMania is a great competition, and the program closely aligns with Richland College’s vision to ‘build sustainable local and world community,’” said Lisa Eades, Richland College associate director of facilities support services. “It is really a great benchmarking tool to see how our recycling efforts stack up against other colleges and universities each year.”

Historically, Richland College has placed in the top ten in the overall competition since 2012 and has been the Texas Grand Champion in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

RecycleMania hopes to motivate students, faculty and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation. It also hopes to increase awareness and support for college recycling programs and encourage colleges and universitites to measure, benchmark and expand recycling efforts to help improve their programs over time.

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