Queen’s joined 523 colleges and universities across North America in participating in the 2013 RecycleMania competition, an eight week competition in which schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect.
The competition, which extended from Feb. 4 through March 31, includes eight categories. Queen’s University finished in 73rd place in the Grand Champion Division with a diversion rate of 38.45%.
Queen’s recovered a total of 166 mt of organic and recyclable materials which is the equivalent of 818 Metric Tons of CO2, or 160 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 71 households.
The colleges and universities that took home top prizes in the three primary categories are:
● “Grand Champion” (percentage of overall waste that is recycled): University of Missouri Kansas City (86.02%)
● “Per Capita Classic” (total pounds of recyclables collected per person): California State University San Marcos (53.11 lbs.)
● “Waste Minimization” (lowest recyclables and trash per person): Valencia Community College (3.20 lbs.)
As a measure of the overall success of this year’s RecycleMania competition, this year competing universities collected approximately 41,000 mt of organic and recyclable materials during RecycleMania, preventing the release of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere.
For the full results of the competition, go to http://recyclemaniacs.org/scoreboard