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Saint Vincent College Finishes First in Recycling Competition

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Posted: Tuesday May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

Saint Vincent College recovered 21,561 pounds of recyclable materials during a recent recycling competition, finishing in first place in the per capita classic category among colleges in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

During the months of February and March, Saint Vincent competed with more than 520 other colleges and universities in the RecycleMania Tournament, which harnesses the competitive spirit around sports rivalries and uses them to increase campus recycling and waste reduction.

Saint Vincent participated in the eight-week competition in which schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect.

Between the Feb. 3 kickoff and the tournament’s final day on March 30, participating schools collectively recovered 90.3 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere.

Saint Vincent recycled more than 21,561 pounds of paper, plastic and cans during the course of the competition, preventing the release of 45 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

During this 13th annual tournament, updated weekly rankings allowed schools to track their performance in eight categories – measuring their recycling rate, overall recycling by weight, lowest amount of total waste and per capita recovery for paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and food waste.

Colleges could also participate in several special categories targeting electronics and film plastics as well as the game day basketball category which ranked schools based on recyclables collected at a single home basketball game.

Saint Vincent College finished first in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in its per capita recovery of paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and food waste, recycling 9.12 pounds per person.

Nationally, the colleges and universities that won top prizes in the three primary categories were the University of Missouri-Kansas City, California State University-San Marcos and Valencia Community College.

The RecycleMania Tournament is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc., a nonprofit organization led by recycling managers from participating schools. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful with additional program support from the United States EPA’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). This year, RecycleMania also partnered with the United Negro College Fund Special Programs (UNCFSP) and Campus Conservation National (CCN).

The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of the American Forest & Paper Association, Alcoa Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA.

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