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University of Calgary goes ‘manic’ for recycling!

UToday HomeFebruary 4, 2013

By Amy Glassman

Reusable mugs are one of many ways to reduce waste.  Take the pledge to reduce 200 grams of waste per week or eight paper coffee cups. Photo courtesy of Office of SustainabilityReusable mugs are one of many ways to reduce waste. Take the pledge to reduce 200 grams of waste per week or eight paper coffee cups. Photo courtesy of Office of SustainabilityThe University of Calgary is participating in the 13th annual RecycleMania Tournament running Feb. 3 to March 30.

This is the third straight year that we’ll go head-to-head with colleges and universities across North America in a battle to reduce waste and increase waste diversion. Last year over 600 universities and colleges collectively diverted 94.4 million pounds of waste through recycling and compost efforts.

Our university will strive to best our own institutional achievements in the following categories:

  • Highest overall recycling rate
  • Reduce the most waste per capita
  • Collect the most bottles / cans and organics per capita
  • Collect the greatest amount of waste electronic devices such as computers, printers, and consumer electronics

New waste diversion programs are being rolled out on campus just in time for the tournament. Along with the introduction of compostable utensils in Mac Hall, the Students’ Union will officially launch its Compost Educators program on Feb. 25. Students hired as compost educators will stand by recycling and organics collection bins in Mac Hall to educate and help campus members sort their waste.

“The Compost Educators program is similar to the Calgary Folk Festival compost program. During peak hours of the day for two weeks a semester, the compost educators will be at the compost bins as a resource to students to help inform them of the proper use of the bins and the benefits of the composting program," explains Scott Weir, vice president of Operations and Finance for the Students’ Union.

Students, faculty and staff can also take action by taking the pledge to reduce 200 grams of waste a week. This is equal to six apple cores, or eight paper coffee cups, or 45 sheets of paper.

Visit the Office of Sustainability online for more information on RecycleMania and regular updates on our university’s progress, and to learn more about campus waste diversion programs.