Get Caught Green Handed During RecycleMania

Get Caught Green Handed During RecycleMania

The friendly eight-week competition encourages recycling at universities throughout the country, including TTUHSC.

Written by Beth Phillips

Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour. Minimize your carbon footprint by recycling at TTUHSC.

Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour. Minimize your carbon footprint by recycling at TTUHSC.

The average person generates more than 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year, according to More than 75 percent of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30 percent of it.

TTUHSC is helping Texas Tech recycle, reduce and reuse in the national collegiate RecycleMania competition, which runs now through March 29.

According to the RecycleMania website, the program promotes waste reduction activities throughout campus communities. Over an eight-week period each spring, more than 600 colleges across the U.S. and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

Do your part by collecting glass, all plastics (No. 1-7 plastic bags), aluminum, cardboard, newspapers and non-confidential paper (no cardstock, colored paper or envelopes) in your respective office. You may also bring your recyclables from home and place everything but paper and cardboard in the large white bins located near the freight elevators on the south side of TTUHSC’s elevator banks. Call Housekeeping at 743-2060 to pick up your paper and cardboard to recycle.

For more information about how you can become a recycle maniac, contact Allison Kerin, M.S., R.D., L.D., director of Employee Wellness and Recognition, at

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Beginning in 1969 as Texas Tech University School of Medicine, TTUHSC now is a six-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC has trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

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