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AMHERST COLLEGE & RECYCLEMANIA

Submitted by JoAnn M. Lawrence

RecycleMania

RecycleMania is a friendly 8 week recycling competition that is held each spring among colleges and universities all over the country. It is sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition and the U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program. 

For more information visit the RecycleMania website.

Amherst College RecycleMania 2015

Instagram Photo Contest!

Help us make Amherst College trash free and raise awarness about recycling by participating in our instagram contest! 1) follow @sustainable_amherst on Instagram 2) post a picture of you or your friends doing your best job recycling or diverting waste on campus 3) tag @sustainable_amherst and include hashtags #trashfreeAC and #recyclemania 4) have a chance to win an awesome travel coffee mug and $ 20 to Amherst Coffee! Contest ends March 14th.

Amherst College RecycleMania 2015

 

Recyclemania 2015

Each spring, Amherst College participates in Recyclemania, a friendly 8 week competition that includes 200 colleges from all 50 states and Canada to see who can divert the most waste and increase recycling. This year, in addition to tracking our progress against the other schools, we will have multiple student events planed to raise awareness about recycling on campus. All of this will lead to the grand finale - a two week Little 3 Competition!  Stay turned for more information, and if you are interested in helping out with Recyclemania or any of these events, please email Laura Draucker at  ldrauker@amherst.edu or Suhasini Ghosh at sghosh16@amhert.edu. Good
luck, have fun and help Amherst Recycle!

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Amherst College RecycleMania 2014

As of February 2nd Amherst College will be competing in Recyclemania. This contest is a friendly competition that will include over 500 colleges from all 50 states and Canada to see who can recycle the most material. The contest will last eight weeks and the figures will be available on line and at selected areas across campus. During the 2013 competition, Amherst’s great effort placed us 2nd in NESCAC and 35th place nationally in the per capita division! 523 colleges recycled 90.3 million pounds of material which reflected in the reduction of 121,436 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In the 2013 competition we recycled 73,620 pounds of material which translated to a reduction in 103 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks for your participation in the past and we’re looking for great results again this year. Help Amherst Recycle! 

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Amherst College RecycleMania 2013

Beginning February 15th Amherst College will be competing in Recyclemania. This contest is a friendly competition that will include over 500 colleges around the nation to see who can recycle the most material. The contest will last eight weeks and the figures will be available on line and at selected areas across campus. During the 2012 competition 605 colleges recycled 94.4 million pounds of material which reflected in the reduction of 148,897 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In the 2012 competition Amherst College recycled 59,880 pounds of material which translated to a reduction in 97 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The college’s great effort placed us 4th in NESCAC and 49th place nationally in the per capita division. This year with the help of the new single stream “All in One Bin” recycling system Amherst will try and capture the NESCAC division. Help Amherst Recycle!

Final Results: After eight weeks of competition, The Amherst College community recycled an average of 27.16 pounds per person which resulted in a 2nd place finish among NESCAC schools and 35th nationally out of 361 schools in the per-capita recycling category. Overall, 523 colleges from all 50 states and Canada recycled 90.3 million pounds of recyclables, preventing the release of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Congratulations go out to Bowdoin College (27.86 pounds) for winning NESCAC and to California State University - San Marcos which took home the top prize nationally. Great job Amherst!

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Amherst College RecycleMania 2012

Beginning on February 5th, Amherst College will compete in RecycleMania. This contest includes over 500 colleges around the nation to see who can recycle the most material per person. This figure incorporates paper, cardboard, and bottles & cans. The contest will last for eight weeks and the figures will be available online.

In last year’s competition, Amherst was in the top ten percent of the nation’s participating colleges in per-capita recycling. Among NESCAC schools, Amherst was second in the per-capita recycling category, as well as fourth in the percent of waste recycled category. This year, help Amherst reach its goal to lead the NESCAC in both categories. RecycleMania

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Amherst College Recyclemania 2011

Amherst continues tradition of success in national recycling competition.

The final 2011 RecycleMania results have been posted.  For the fourth year in a row, our per-capita recycling rate here at Amherst was among the top 10% of schools participating in this competition.

Amherst also had another excellent showing among the NESCAC schools.  After several years of trying, we beat Conn College and took second place among the NESCAC schools. 

A big round of thanks goes out to the entire Amherst College community for all of your recycling efforts during this competition and throughout the year. 

Likewise, congratulations to Union College in New York, the winner of the 2011 RecycleMania Per-Capita Classic Competition.

For more information about the College’s Participation in RecycleMania and the Amherst College Recycling Program, go to https://www.amherst.edu/offices/facilities/recycling

Click on the Powerpoint icon below to see how Amherst College compared to other NESCAC schools in RecycleMania 2011.RecycleMania

Amherst College RecycleMania 2010

This spring, Amherst College is rolling two recycling competitions into one.

From January 17 through March 27th, Amherst will compete with colleges around the nation to see who can recycle the most material per person (including paper, cardboard, and bottles & cans).  The competition starts even earlier this year so we need to hit the ground running (and recycling) now that everyone is back from break.

And starting in February, watch for info about the Residence Hall Recycling challenge which we are running concurrently with RecycleMania this year.  So not only will you get to show which residence hall recycles the best on campus, but by competing against each other, we are all working together to beat the likes of Williams, and Tufts, and Colby in the national competition.    

Last year (FY 2008-09), Amherst recycled over 225 tons of paper, cardboard, and bottles & cans.  Recycling those items into new products instead of burying them in a landfill will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 100 passenger cars off the road for a year.

This year we want to do even more!!!  Help Amherst College Recycle!!! RecycleMania

Amherst College Recyclemania 2009

The final 2009 RecycleMania results have been posted.  For the second year in a row, Amherst has finished among the top 10% of schools participating (we participate in the Per-Capita Classic, the original RecycleMania competition).

According to Roger Guzowski, Five College Recycling Manager “as impressive as Amherst’s ranking is yet again, the College’s performance is even better than the numbers indicate.  This year, Amherst was able to do an even better job of donating used books to those in need.  Unfortunately, for the purposes of RecycleMania, this was considered reuse rather than recycling and that data was excluded from Amherst’s recycling totals.”

A big round of thanks goes out to the entire Amherst College community for all of your recycling efforts during this competition.  Likewise, congratulations to McNeese State University, the winner of the 2009 RecycleMania Per-Capita Classic Competition.

For more information about the Amherst College Recycling Program, go to the Recycling website.

Click on the Powerpoint icon below to see how Amherst College compared to other NESCAC schools in RecycleMania 2009. RecycleMania

Amherst College Recyclemania 2008

Submitted by JoAnn M. Lawrence

The final 2008 RecycleMania results have been posted.  Amherst did exceptionally well in this competition (we participate in the Per-Capita Classic, the original RecycleMania competition).

  • Amherst finished #1 in Massachusetts (among the 9 schools participating), leading such peers as Williams, Tufts, Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMASS.
  • Amherst finished 10th nationally out of 158 schools (7th among schools using actual weight figures instead of volume-based estimates).
  • Amherst finished 2nd among NESCAC schools.  Though we lost a tight race with Conn College, we soundly beat Williams and the other NESCAC schools, recycling at least 5 lbs per person more than any of those other schools.

During this competition, we recycled over 24 tons of paper.  Recycling that used paper into new paper products instead of sending it to the landfill (and harvesting trees to make the new paper products):

  1. Saved Amherst almost $2,000 in avoided landfill fees. 
  2. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of over 80 tons of CO2.  That’s the same as taking 14 cars off the road for a year.

A big round of thanks goes out to the entire Amherst College community for all of your recycling efforts during this 10 week competition.

Click on the Powerpoint icon below to see how Amherst College compared to other NESCAC schools in RecycleMania 2008. RecycleMania

Amherst College Recyclemania 2007

Submitted by JoAnn M. Lawrence

Click on the Powerpoint icon below to see how Amherst College compared to other NESCAC schools in RecycleMania 2007. RecycleMania