Campus Race to Zero Waste

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Campus Race to Zero Waste, formerly known as RecycleMania, is a friendly competition, as well as a benchmarking tool, between colleges and universities across North America to promote waste reduction activities in their campus communities! This year's competition starts January 28th and ends March 23rd.

Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges compete by reporting the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn 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 on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. 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.

Our Goals

By participating in the 2024 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, the Office of Campus Sustainability hopes to use this program to inspire, empower, mobilize, and educate our Falcons to reduce or eliminate waste!

As a benchmarking tool, Campus Race to Zero Waste provides BGSU with an opportunity to share information and learn from the waste reduction practices of other schools around the U.S. and Canada in order to improve our own efforts here on campus!

Week of: Event: Date: Location: Time:
January 29th - February 2nd Educational Table January 31st Student Union 12-2 PM
February 5th - February 9th Pizza For Recycling February 5th Kreischer C & D 6-8 PM
February 12th - February 16th Caught Green Handed February 12th Conklin 1-3 PM
  Caught Green Handed February 13th Founders 1-3 PM
February 19th - February 23rd Educational Table February 19th Student Union 12-2 PM
  Pizza For Recycling February 20th Kohl Hall 7:30-8:30 PM
February 26th - March 1st Caught Green Handed February 26th Offenhauer 2-4 PM
  Caught Green Handed February 27th Falcon Heights 1-3 PM
March 4th - March 8th Spring Break No Events
March 11th - March 15th Caught Green Handed March 13th Centennial 11-1 PM
March 18th - March 22nd Educational Table March 20th Student Union 12-2 PM

2024 Categories

This year, BGSU will participate in three categories of the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition:
Diversion, Per Capita Recycling, & Zero Waste!

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Diversion

This category is for campuses that have the ability to track and report on recyclables (cans/bottles, paper and cardboard), food organics and trash on a weekly basis.

Goal:

  • Divert waste from the landfill through reduction and recycling strategies. The Diversion category awards the school with the highest waste diversion percentage. Diversion is determined by the percentage of the total weight of recyclables and food organics diverted from total waste generated.

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Per Capita Recycling

This category is for campuses interested in focusing on increasing their recycling rate on campus through education and engagement strategies and that have the ability to track and report on bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard; no trash required.

Goal:

  • To see which Residence Hall can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis.

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Zero Waste

This category is for campuses with advanced waste reduction programs, zero waste plans and policies in place, and the ability to weigh sources of MSW-related waste, and materials collected for reuse.

Goals:

  • Offer alternative competition benchmarking opportunities based on a more comprehensive view of the waste stream and using higher measurement standards.
  • Provide an opportunity for schools to test or showcase new waste reduction initiatives or education / outreach efforts, and in the process “prove the concept” that can serve as model for rest of campus to follow.

Electronic Recycling Drive

Date  April 6th |  Time  9am-1pm |  Location : Slater Family Ice Arena Parking Lot

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Weekly Rankings:

1st Place: Conklin | 2.2 Total lbs per Resident

2nd Place:Tie between Kriescher and Offenhauer | 1.3 Total lbs per Resident

3rd Place: Centennial | 1.0 Total lbs per Resident

Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

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1st Place: Conklin | 4.7 Total lbs per Resident

2nd Place: Kreischer | 2.6 Total lbs per Resident

3rd Place: Offenhauer | 2.5 Total lbs per Resident

Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

CR2ZW Res Hall Week 3 scoreboard

1st Place: Conklin | 5.9 Total lbs per Resident

2nd Place: Kreischer | 3.6 lbs per Resident

3rd Place: Offenhauer | 3.5 lbs per Resident

Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

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Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

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Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

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Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

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Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Weekly Rankings:

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Weekly Rankings do not reflect the overall results of Campus Race to Zero Waste. For overall rankings, refer to CampusRacetoZeroWaste.org.

Updated: 02/28/2024 04:39PM