UTSA places third in Texas among 26 schools in RecycleMania competition

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(April 18, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio had another record-setting year in the 10-week RecycleMania national intercollegiate competition, placing 27th among 274 colleges across the continent and third of 26 schools in Texas. Both rankings were in the Grand Champion category.

For the sixth year, UTSA participated in RecycleMania, which ran Jan. 20-March 30. The goal for each of the 523 universities and colleges in the competition was to recycle the most pounds of recyclables per capita.

This year, UTSA recorded 249,678 pounds of material recycled over the course of the 10-week contest. In its first year competing in the Grand Champion category, UTSA finished with a 54.8 percent recycling rate and earned 27th place out of 274 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In Texas, UTSA earned third place among 25 other colleges and universities competing in the category.

The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school’s recycling rate as a percentage of its overall recycled materials to total solid waste generation. To be ranked in this category, schools must provide the sponsors with their trash and recyclable paper, cardboard, can and bottle weights.

The winner has the highest percentage recycling rate, which means that they not only have reduced trash disposal through waste prevention, but also have a strong recycling program for the acceptable materials.

In last year's competition 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 the previous year, and moving up 34 ranks. Additionally, UTSA placed fourth in Texas, right behind Texas A&M University, which placed third in the category.

>> Think before you throw away items that can be recycled. Recyclables include paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles and Styrofoam food containers (take-out trays and cups). Exceptions include items such as food, liquids, used napkins and facial tissues, coffee grounds and Styrofoam formed packing. Everything else goes in the blue recycling bins across the campuses.

For more information, visit the UTSA Recycling website.