The campus has been divided into four areas; housing, offices, CSU and Greek organizations will compete against each other. Greek chapters participating so far are Tau Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Participants will recycle paper – including newspapers, magazines, computer paper and junk mail – cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum and tin cans. This is an annual competition and is the second year USD has been involved. Last year, USD placed 67 of 87 schools.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate.
Organizers of this year's RecycleMania include Phyllis Packard, solid waste director for the city of Vermillion; Liz Naber, student coordinator; and Todd Brevik, manager of buildings and grounds services at USD. Naber received grant funds from the Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Foundation through USD as well as additional funds for advertising.
According to Brevik, Naber is "the drive that got this going from the university side of it, organizing and elevating (RecycleMania) into a reality." Naber hopes her work emphasizes the importance of recycling. "RecycleMania is a great way to increase student and faculty awareness of the current recycling system and also raise awareness of the need for an update to the current system," said Naber.
The goal of this event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds. RecycleMania provides many ways to gain recognition, including RecycleMania trophies, awards and participant certificates.
For more information, visit www.recyclemania.org, contact Phyllis W. Packard, solid waste director for the city of Vermillion at 605-677-7076 (firstname.lastname@example.org); Liz Naber at Liz.Naber@usd.edu or Todd Brevik at Todd.Brevik@ usd.edu.