UTSA places 69th among nearly 300 colleges in RecycleMania contest

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(April 20, 2012) -- In the fifth year of participation, the UTSA community stepped up its game in RecycleMania 2012, a nationwide competition between colleges and universities that increases awareness of recycling programs and reduces waste. In the Gorilla category, UTSA ranked 69th among 296 colleges and universities, by gathering 247,832 pounds of recyclable materials -- a 31.7 percent increase over the 188,184 pounds collected last year, and moving up 34 ranks.

Additionally, UTSA placed fourth in Texas, right behind our friends in College Station at Texas A&M University, who placed third in the category.

The eight-week competition ran Jan. 22-March 31, pitting UTSA against colleges and universities across the United States and Canada to see which campus could prevent the most materials from ending up in the landfill.

With more than 605 colleges and universities participating this year in various categories, RecycleMania participants recycled and composted more than 92 million pounds of organic and recyclable materials.

RecycleMania is a program of the RecycleMania Steering Committee in coordination with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC).

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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 singlre-stream (all-in-the-same-barrel recycling at UTSA:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspapers
  • Co-mingled plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers
  • Printer ink cartridges (must be taken to the mailrooms)

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