Chapman University has kicked off participation in the 2014 Recyclemania Tournament. Recyclemania, an 8-week recycling competition, helps promote recycling and reusing on 461 college campuses. During the competition, schools report the amount of recycling and trash that is collected during each week. Chapman University collected 12,116 tons of recyclables and 10,428 tons of trash during the first week of competition. During the second week, Chapman collected 9,660 tons of recyclables and 9,561 tons of trash. The difference in the first week and the second week is most likely the result of classes starting on February 3 and campus kitchens and stores being restocked in preparation for the semester.

Did you know?

  • 90% of the trash in our oceans is plastic
  • Only 17% (by weight) of all televisions at their “end-of-life” were recovered for recycling in 2009
  • Used aluminum cans are recycled and back on the shelf as new cans in as few as 60 days
  • Over a ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled, including 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar
  • Steel producers in the United States use more than 70% recycled steel

So what can be recycled and what can’t?

Almost all paper items, such as newspapers, office paper, and magazines can be recycled. Most glass and plastic containers can be recycled as well. Even plastic bags when collected and recycled in bulk can have a second life. However, Styrofoam, coffee cups (except the tops), and plastic film packaging are all things that can’t be recycled.

Interested in participating in Recyclemania? First, take the Recyclemania pledge! Next, recycle all appropriate paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, and metal in the proper recycling bins on campus.  If we catch you recycling you can win instant prizes and be entered to win larger prizes as well! Lastly, encourage all your friends to recycle too!

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