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Queen's University

Sustainability Office

Queen's Gears Up for Recyclemania 2012

January 27, 2012

For the second year in a row, Queen’s will be participating in Recyclemania, an international competition aimed at promoting waste reduction activities at university campuses.

“The Recyclemania competition is an excellent vehicle for engaging the university community and raising awareness about the range of recycling and reuse options available on our campus,” says Llynwen Osborne, Waste Coordinator.

Queen’s joins hundreds of other schools in Canada, United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Qatar who will also be recording waste and recycling data for the eight-week competition. The data collected is then ranked to show which school collected the most recyclables, generated the least amount of trash per capita, and has the highest recycling rate.

Queen’s has a number of programs in place that reduce and divert waste materials from landfill. Current programs include recycling of cans, glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, electronic waste, organics, scrap metal, printer cartridges, hazardous waste, books and furniture reuse.

The Sustainability Office will be collaborating with a group of student volunteers and representatives from the AMS, SGPS and MCRC to promote Recyclemania through a variety of activities including, a “Get Caught Green-Handed” promotion, a fair showcasing environmental groups on campus, and a video submission for the Recyclemania competition. Students, staff and faculty are also encouraged to check out the series of “Fun Facts” about recycling that will be posted on the Sustainability website.

For more information about sustainability initiatives on campus visit the Sustainability Office website

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