Ball State is joining 300 colleges in a nation-wide competition to increase recycling throughout campus.
RecycleMania is a competition that pits universities against each other to see who can increase their recycling rates the most from now until April 1.
The Recycle Action team from Partnership for Student Sustainable Advancement will be holding events such as a Dorm Storm, an Earth Day event and an event for National Plant a Flower Day during the duration of the competition.
Casey Malue, the director of communications and media for PSSA, said this competition is a great way to increase environmental awareness on campus.
“You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t know how to recycle or what they can recycle,” Malue said. “I love that we can come together to make Ball State’s campus more educated on such an important part of making our campus greener.”
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Students can recycle paper, plastic, cans, bottles and cardboard. However, containers cannot have liquids or food still in them. Malue said that recycling around campus is simple because of all the recycling bins on campus.
Each day, data is collected on how much students recycled. The data is then compiled to show Ball State’s growth over the allotted time.
Malue said this competition gives students a chance to make their environmental habits better.
“Our earth is our home. We live here. It is our job to make sure our home stays beautiful and clean,” Malue said. “It’s never too late to help our planet, so it is important for students to learn, grow and do something so easy that makes such a big difference.”
The winning university will receive recognition on the RecylceMania website and in a national press release. In addition, if Ball State were to win, it would get to host a traveling trophy made of recyclable material for the following year.
“Recycle, recycle, recycle,” Malue said. “Whether students are in their dorm room or just walking on campus, throw your paper, plastic, cans and bottles and cardboard in the recycling bin.”