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For the fifth consecutive year, BSU's recycling program is participating in RecycleMania, an annual waste-minimization competition held over eight weeks across the United States and Canada. In previous years, BSU has earned first-place titles in the contest.
From Feb. 5 until April 6, BSU will join nearly 30 colleges and universities from Massachusetts, and more than 600 nationwide, in reporting the amount of recycling and trash collected on their campuses each week.
At the end of the competition, the institutions will be ranked in various categories. Winning institutions earn an award created from recyclable materials and have the opportunity to host their category's special traveling trophy for the year.
"This competition not only encourages awareness of the university's impact on the environment due to waste, it acts as an annual motivator to improve our recycling efforts and the elimination of waste," said Mary Cahill, who heads up BSU's recycling program.
Ms. Cahill said during the competition, thousands of pounds of paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans are collected each week.
Three weeks into the competition, things are going well for BSU. In its category, waste minimization, the university ranks in the top quarter percentile of more than 150 institutions.
Several student groups are participating in the contest this year. Each resident hall is competing to see which will generate the least amount of trash and the most recyclables. Erin Courville, resident director of Durgin Hall, is coordinating those efforts.
Additionally, BSU has placed BigBelly recycling and solar trash containers outside the Crimson and Shea/Durgin residence halls, the Adrian Tinsley Center building and bus stop, the Mathematics and Science Center main entrance, the School St./Art Building bus stop, the new parking garage, the Moakley Center and Burnell Hall. These and other recycling containers are emptied a few times a week by students who work for the recycling program.
The items collected will be used in the official weigh-in for the national RecycleMania program with the deposits going to support the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. (Rob Matheson, '07, University Advancement; photos by Doris Galli)
Bottom photo caption: At one of their many stops throughout the day, seniors Mike Podqurski (left), a management major, and Brendon Coyne, a criminal justice major, who have been working for the recycling program since their freshman year, collect recyclables from outside Shea/Durgin residence hall.