UGA recycled 255 tons of waste during Recyclemania, which took place from Feb. 6-April 2. Recyclemania is a national contest between universities to reduce waste, increase recycling and educate students.
In addition to recycling 65 more tons of waste than last year, UGA diverted 29 percent of its paper, bottles and cans from going in the landfill, recycling an average of 12.2 pounds per person. By recycling campus waste during Recyclemania, UGA generated $34,594 in revenue and avoided $10,728 in landfill tipping fees.
For its efforts, UGA finished second in the Southeastern Conference for Recyclemania.
UGA has taken part in the competition before, but this is the first year the Office of Sustainability has had the opportunity to get involved and lead the effort. More information about sustainability initiatives at UGA is available online at www.sustainability.uga.edu.