CLEMSON — Clemson University is turning “Solid Green” as it competes against more than 450 colleges and universities in the 2014 RecycleMania tournament to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste.
RecycleMania is an annual competition among recycling programs to promote waste-reduction activities on their campus communities. During an eight-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of waste they collect for recycling and disposal. This year, the tournament runs through March 29.
The data provided by each school will determine which recycles the most on a per-capita basis, generates the least waste and recycles the largest percentage of its waste.
Clemson will report the amounts of paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, food and trash that are generated and recycled each week.
As the rankings are updated weekly, participating schools are able to follow their performances and use the results to encourage their campuses to recycle more.
“Clemson University has traditionally done well in the RecycleMania competition,” said Dave VanDeventer, Clemson’s recycling manager.
To reach its 2014 recycling goals, “we should work to reuse those items that are salvageable,” he said. “We should recycle every piece of paper, every piece of cardboard, every plastic or glass bottle and every aluminum can that should be recycled. If we work together to accomplish this we will have a great impact on our recycling rates as well as our sustainability goals.”
In 2013, Clemson participated in the new RecycleMania category “Game Day: Basketball,” in which schools are challenged to reduce waste and increase recycling at a single home basketball game. Clemson placed third overall in per-capita recycling in that category and fourth overall in greenhouse gas reduction.