Syracuse University is competing in Campus Race to Zero Waste—formerly RecycleMania—the national recycling and waste reduction competition where colleges across North America are ranked on their recycling, trash, and food organics reduction efforts. The competition runs from Jan. 31-March 27. Last year, the University competed against more than 300 colleges and universities.
Help us win this fierce competition by recycling right across campus! Follow along with campus recycling efforts and join the fun utilizing #recycleright on social media, and look for recycling how-to’s across campus screens.
The Campus Race to Zero Waste competition is broken up into several different categories; Syracuse University is participating in three: Total Diversion, the Stephan K Gaski Per Capita Classic, and Food Organics. The University’s Sustainability Management team works with Syracuse Haulers and the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency to keep track of the weight of all recyclables, trash, and food scraps.
The University utilizes the single-stream recycling method, meaning all recyclable plastic bottles, jugs, dairy containers, cardboard, aluminum cans, paper, juice cartons, and glass are placed into a recycling bin and all other trash in a separate trash bin. For more information on proper recycling, please view Sustainability’s Recycling and Trash Infographic.
The University complies with the Onondaga County Source Separation Law with on-campus recycling bins for mandatory recyclables and also recycles specialized items, including batteries, electronics, polystyrene cold shipping boxes, fluorescent light bulbs, scrap metal, compostable yard waste, and construction debris.
For further information on sustainability and recycling efforts, visit the Sustainability website, follow @SustainableSU on Twitter and Instagram, and check out the Syracuse University Sustainability Facebook page.