RecycleMania Challenges Campus to Reduce Waste Stream
For the fourth consecutive year, Glendale Community College is participating in RecycleMania, a 10-week, national competition among colleges and universities that runs through March. Designed as a benchmarking tool, RecycleMania promotes waste reduction through activities on campus communities that educate students, faculty and staff.
Over the 10 weeks, schools report recycling and trash data, which are then ranked according to who collects 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. GCC is participating in the Stephen K. Gaski Per Capita Classic and Waste Minimization competitions.
“All events are posted to social media (Facebook and Twitter) during the competition,” said Chanda Fraulino, Recycle Program Coordinator. RecycleMania's Facebook page will be updated weekly with events. This is the best way for interested students to get engaged and involved. The Recycle Program will also send a weekly email to all employees, stating the results.
With the national recycling competition underway, GCC is also implementing a new Zero Waste effort on campus in order to meet the college’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Each individual office will be given a large blue can for recyclables and a smaller black trash bin for waste. Implementation will be completed by Fall 2014. Employees are receiving email messages about what items can be recycled in the blue bins (regulations vary by city).
GCC works throughout the year to educate our community about “green efforts” on campus. Each November, GCC participates in America Recycles Day, an examination of one day’s worth of recycling to determine how much of our recycle stream is contaminated with trash. For Earth Day in April, GCC’s annual Dumpster Dive analyzes a days worth of trash to see what could have been recycled.
Through these efforts GCC has increased the amount of materials recycled from 1.70 tons per month in 2009 to 8.10 tons per month in 2013. In addition, these efforts have begun to reduce the overall amount of material in the campus waste stream.
The GCC Green Efforts Committee spearheads many of these efforts and creates sustainability plans. Students, employees and the community are welcome to participate in their monthly meetings.