Salt Lake Community College is pleased to announce its first year participation in RecycleMania. RecycleMania is a competition for colleges and universities to promote and achieve waste reduction around their campus communities. SLCC is holding a competition for students around the campus to show how they can take recycled items and create or design a video, graphic (poster, flyer) or functional item.
Started on Feb. 6 and running till April 2, SLCC will be involved in an eight-week national competition with 606 other schools. There is still time to get involved.
“Since this is SLCC’s first year in RecycleMania we are entered in the bench market stage, where we can see what our school’s recycling amount is compared to other schools,” Rand Webb said.
Webb handles the financial relationship with the Student Fee Committee and Administration.
SLCC is one of the 225 schools that are competing in the Benchmark Division. During the eight weeks, students will have the opportunity to compete with each other to win cash prizes.
There will be a $100 winner each week for the best conversion of waste. The eight winners from the weekly rounds will compete for the $1,000 grand prize. Each week has a specific recyclable item in which participants will use to create their designs. With one month left to go, students can still get involved.
These were the featured recyclables for February:
Week 1 – Feb. 7: Aluminum
Week 2 – Feb. 14: Coffee/plastic/paper cups
Week 3 – Feb. 21: Plastic Bottles (water bottles)
Week 4 – Feb. 28: Magazines and newspaper
There is still time to participate. Here are March’s featured recyclables:
Week 5 – March 7: Plastic grocery/shopping bags
Week 6 – March 14: Glass
Week 7 – March 21: Electronics
Week 8 – March 28: Paper or paper goods
Designs are due every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus in STC 124.
Not only is this a great opportunity to win some extra cash but an opportunity to spread awareness about recycling around your school and community.
RecycleMania wouldn’t be possible without all of the volunteers and staff who are helping, including Student Leaders in Civic Engagement (SLICE), Student Life & Leadership and the Thayne Center.
Recycling has been a success at SLCC for years.
“A school is a real community just like a city,” Grant Gardner said, Recycling Coordinator at SLCC. “It creates its own waste, pollution and recyclable products. We’ve been recycling as a college since the early 90s.”
Bringing RecycleMania to SLCC should help spread knowledge around the community about recycling.
“The more informed the students become the more they can implement recycling in their daily life,” Chris Thompson said, a volunteer for RecycleMania.
Next year SLCC will be entered into the competition division where we will compete with other schools to recycle the most waste.
More information on recycling at SLCC can be found by calling the SLCC Recycling Department at (801) 957-4242.