CSU Bakersfield to participate in national RecycleMania competition, ramps up for other sustainability initiatives

As part of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, CSU Bakersfield will make its third appearance in the annual RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is a nationwide, student-led, friendly competition set to begin in February that pits colleges and universities in a contest to see who can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most campus waste. It offers the winning schools bragging rights and special awards made of recycled materials.

During last year’s eight-week competition more than 600 campuses collectively recycled or composted over 94.4 million pounds. The 2013 tournament will take place February 3rd through March 30th.

The community can participate by recycling e-waste on Friday, February 8th from 8am-5pm and Saturday, February 9th from 8am-4pm, at the former Southwest Little League parking lot on Camino Media and Southwest Drive.  A sample of electrical items that will be accepted includes, but is not limited to, answering machines, camcorders, compact disk players, copiers, DVD/VCR players, electronic games, fax machines, laptops, cell phones, modems, pagers, PDA's, personal computers (CPU, monitors keyboards, mice, and peripherals), printers, radios, remote controls, scanners.

“Our students are committed to advancing the culture of recycling on campus. Recycling is one part of our larger environmental sustainability goals to reduce waste, use energy-efficient appliances, and use alternative sources of energy and transportation,” said CSUB President Horace Mitchell. 

Aramark Food Services Director David Corral, a veteran to the competition, has partnered with Associated Students Inc., the Students for Sustainability club, and Staff Forum to support recycling on campus.

“Please, do your part to recycle and learn more about waste so that we can not only do well in the Recyclemania competition, but reduce our campus waste throughout the year,” said Hernan Hernandez, ASI President.

Throughout the competition, CSUB will report its recycling tonnage to the national competition and will be ranked against other universities across the country. The campus Recyclemania kick-off will take place at noon on Monday, February 4th in front of the CSUB Student Union. The event will feature the friendly, but annoying, Bag Monster and a new solar-powered, multi-passenger bicycle. For more information, please visit www.csub.edu/recyclemania.

About RecycleMania

RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. The contest has expanded rapidly in 10 years’ time from two schools in 2001 to 607 colleges and universities in 2010 spanning 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. For complete competition background and details, visit the RecycleMania website at http://recyclemaniacs.org.

For More Information

Colleen Dillaway
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, CSUB
661-654-2456
cdillaway@csub.edu

Irma Cervantes
Public Affairs Coordinator, CSUB
661-654-2138
icervantes@csub.edu