College recycling push diverts nearly 90 million pounds

College recycling push diverts nearly 90 million pounds

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

April 17, 2014

Antioch University Seattle emerged as the Grand Champion of this year's RecycleMania, an on-campus recycling tournament held in February and March.

The event, which is managed by Keep America Beautiful, led to 89.1 million pounds of material being separated for recycling or composting, according to a press release sent out this week.

More than 460 schools from across the U.S. and Canada participated, and Antioch grabbed the Grand Champion prize for diverting approximately 93 percent of the overall waste it generated. The second-best recycling rate, roughly 81 percent, was achieved by University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The 14th annual event tracked schools' progress in a number of categories including recycling rate; overall recycling by weight; and per capita recovery for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, and food waste.

Rutgers University in New Jersey won the "gorilla" category by collecting the most material overall — more than 1.3 million pounds.

Full results can be viewed here.

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