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2011 RecycleMania at Penn Results

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April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31

Through the eight-week national waste reduction competition (February 6 to April 2) between over 600 colleges and universities, Penn recycled approximately 28 percent of its waste, just shy of its 30 percent goal for RecycleMania 2011.

The campus recycling rate has increased steadily since 2008, when Penn posted an 18 percent rate in its first year of participation in the national competition. “Our Climate Action Plan goal is to reach 40 percent by 2014. We’re well on our way towards reaching that goal, but our continued improvement ultimately depends on each individual of the Penn community making his or her own personal commitment to improving their recycling and waste reduction habits,” said Dan Garofalo, environmental sustainability coordinator.

Waste Minimization: Penn ranked first in the Waste Minimization competition in which schools competed to see which produced the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person.

Rank

School

Cumulative Waste Pounds/Person

1

PENN

57.99

2

Brown

64.42

3

Yale

65.08

4

Harvard

72.64

5

Princeton

74.64

6

Cornell

N/A

Grand Champion: Overall, Penn placed second in the Grand Champion competition, getting a total of 28.94% recycling rate. The Grand Champion is the school that, based on their combined results, demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling.

Rank

School

Cumulative Recycling Rate

1

Harvard

30.62%

2

PENN

28.94%

3

Cornell

28.78%

4

Princeton

28.16%

5

Brown

27.40%

6

Yale

21.90%

Battery Recycling

Not sure what to do with used alkaline batteries? Bring them to one of the battery recycling bins located in several buildings across campus. The following locations are accessible to the public: Solomon Laboratories Lobby, Carolyn Hoff Lynch Loading Dock, 3600 Market Street suite 501, Jaffe Building Academic Office, College Hall SAS Dean’s Office, Leidy Labs Academic Office, Chemistry Building 1973 Wing-Mailroom, Hayden Hall Earth and Environmental Studies Office, Clinical Research Building Lobby, suite 335 Anatomy Chemistry Building, B13 Towne Building, and room 162 Moore Building. A full recycling station is located in the McNeil Building Lobby. It includes bins for batteries, pencils and pens, ink/toner cartridges and paper.

Options are also available for recycling rechargeable batteries from used laptop, mobile phone and other devices.  In collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS), the Computer Connection accepts used rechargeable batteries for recycling. EHRS will also pick up most types of batteries for disposal (all except alkaline). To request a pickup, see, www.ehrs.upenn.edu/programs/environ/waste/battery_disposal.html

Related: Sustainability at Penn

Almanac - April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31