MISSOULA – The University of Montana performed admirably against 460 other colleges and universities in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament, which encourages recycling and waste reduction on campuses across the U.S. and Canada.
The contest was held Feb. 8 through March 29. Participating schools represented more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
“It was great to see us rank well in the five categories we competed in,” said Cherie Peacock, director of UM’s Office of Sustainability. “And it was an added bonus that we bested Montana State University in five of those categories. Though they did edge us out in the cardboard category, it was only because we didn’t account for cardboard in our compactor that wasn’t ready to be transported.”
UM ranked 69th in the paper category with 3.918 pounds per person, 89th in the bottles and cans category with .653 pounds per person, 109th in the cardboard category with 1.939 pounds per person, 151st in the “gorilla” category with 104,640 pounds (this is in pounds only and the comma is correct) and 243rd in the per capita classic category with 6.51 pounds per person.
Participating schools collectively recycled or composted 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere, which equals preventing annual emissions from 24,823 cars.
Complete results for all categories can be found at http://recyclemania.org, including a breakout that shows how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state and other groupings. The national winners of each category earn bragging rights and are recognized with an award made from recycled materials.