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Edmonds CC striving to reduce waste with RecycleMania

2/4/2014

Recyclemania Neil Hart  
  Neil Hart  

Edmonds Community College will participate in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition aimed at reducing waste and increasing recycling on college campuses.

RecycleMania is eight weeks. It began Feb. 2 and continues through March 29. The college will track its trash and recycling and report its results for eight weeks. This is the college’s second year participating. In 2013, Edmonds CC was one of 523 colleges and more than 3.5 millions students and staff helped recycle and compost 90.8 million pounds.

Edmonds CC was the only community college in Washington to compete in the tournament, placing 126th in the general competition with 29 percent of its waste being recycled. The college scored eighth in the nation in the electronic waste recycling competition with 23,667 pounds of waste.

Neil Hart, a member of the Edmonds CC’s Green Team Sustainability Advocates, is coordinating RecycleMania. His job is to measure waste, compost, and recycling produced on campus. “We want to see continued improvement from last year with better than a 30 percent recycle rate,” he said. “But RecycleMania is not just about recycling — it’s about reducing your waste.”

“Last year, the competition allowed us to measure and benchmark our recycling rates on our campus and our satellite locations,” added Stewart Sinning, Interim Program Manager for the Green Team. “Since then, we have added new recycling and compost containers and increased the amount of signage regarding what can be recycled. It will be interesting to see how those efforts have paid off.”

Here are some upcoming events coinciding with Recyclemania:

Since 2006, Edmonds CC has focused on sustainability as one of its core values. The college has been teaching environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices in its classes and programs while modeling sustainability in its campus operations. This includes a proactive campus recycling program.

For more information about sustainability at the college, go to edcc.edu/sustain.

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Sustainability at Edmonds Community College

Green Team Sustainability Advocates Facebook page

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