Promote a greener UTSA: RecycleMania competition is Jan. 22-March 31

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(Jan. 20, 2012) -- For the fifth year, the UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management will sponsor RecycleMania, a friendly, nationwide competition provides college and university recycling programs with a fun, proactive activity for waste reduction. The competition is Jan. 22 to March 31.

The 10-week competition pits UTSA against colleges and universities across the United States and Canada to see which campus can prevent the most materials from ending up in the landfill.

Last year, UTSA gathered 188,184 pounds of recyclable materials to place 103rd among 363 schools in the contest's Gorilla category, which measures total recycled materials collected on campus. This includes aluminum cans, paper, plastic and cardboard.

The efforts of students, faculty and staff to recycle during the competition and year-round make a significant impact in improving the sustainability of the university community.

"We are excited that UTSA again will participate in RecycleMania because we acknowledge our responsibility to preserve our world so that future generations can witness the timeless beauty of our earth," said Richard Garza, UTSA environmental and construction safety manager. "Let's recycle to make the Roadrunner orange-and-blue a little bit greener!"

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About UTSA recycling

The UTSA Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management has managed the UTSA recycling program for seven years. The program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the growing campus community. Look for the blue recycling bins across the campuses along walkways and inside buildings; some are for paper only, others are for plastic, glass and aluminum.

During fiscal years 2008-2010, recycling bins were placed across the UTSA campuses as part of the goal to minimize waste and increase recycled materials to an average of 115 tons per quarter by 2016. In fiscal year 2010, UTSA averaged more than 113 tons of recycled material per quarter, indicating significant progress toward the goal.

These materials are accepted for recycling at UTSA:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Printer ink cartridges
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspapers
  • Co-mingled plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers

For more information, visit the UTSA Recycling website or call 210-458-5250.