(April 17, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) had another record-setting year in the 10-week RecycleMania national intercollegiate competition, placing 19th out of 256 participating colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and third out of 12 schools in Texas. Both rankings were in the Competition Division -- Grand Champion category.
"We are proud of this ranking because it shows how serious the UTSA community takes recycling and waste reduction," said Richard M. Garza, UTSA environmental and construction safety manager. "Our students, faculty and staff continue to surprise us with their interest and support for this program."
For the seventh year, UTSA participated in RecycleMania, which ran Jan. 19-March 29. The goal for each of the universities and colleges in the competition was to recycle the most pounds of recyclables per capita.
This year, UTSA recorded 290,595 pounds of material recycled over the course of the 10-week contest. In total, UTSA recycled 55.6 percent of all waste generated across its campuses. This enabled UTSA to place 24th in the waste minimization category for generating only 18.2 pounds of trash per person during the contest.
This success was largely due to the mini trash bin program the university implemented within the past year. Designed to make each individual aware of and responsible for the waste he or she generates, a small trash receptacle is attached to each employee's larger personal recycling bin.
The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school's recycling rate as a percentage of its overall recycled materials to total solid waste generation. To be ranked in this category, schools must provide the sponsors with their trash and recyclable paper, cardboard, can and bottle weights.
The winner has the highest-percentage recycling rate, which means that they not only have reduced trash disposal through waste prevention, but also have a strong recycling program for the acceptable materials.
In last year's competition, UTSA ranked 27th among 274 colleges and universities, by gathering 249,678 pounds of recyclable materials. This year's results mark a 16 percent increase over last year. Additionally, UTSA placed third in Texas, just behind Richland College and Lone Star College-Kingwood.
>> Think before you throw away items that can be recycled. Recyclables include paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles and Styrofoam food containers (take-out trays and cups). Exceptions include items such as food, liquids, used napkins and facial tissues, coffee grounds and Styrofoam formed packing. Everything else goes in the blue recycling bins across the campuses.
For more information, visit UTSA Recycling online.
The winners of the competition held in December perform instrumental concertos and selections from operas accompanied by the orchestra. Tickets are $5. Each UTSA student with ID get one free ticket.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The College of Engineering invites you to the Tech Symposium showcasing innovative student projects & research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium will not only include work in engineering, but also advances achieved in business and science.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Historical Trumpets and Flutes are premier chamber ensembles within the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. actively serving their community and official military ceremonies will perform at UTSA. The concert is free and open to the public.
Arts Building, Band Rehearsal Hall (ARTS 2.03.20), Main Campus
Please join us for a free research symposium of nationally renowned scholars who will share their insights on 21st century educational policies and the climate they foster for today's schools, teachers and students.
Durango Building, Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The unofficial Fiesta event is an alcohol-free party that's a favorite among the UTSA community and San Antonio families. There will be free food, live music and other activities. Students will also be able to test out texting and driving and drunk driving simulators.
Paseo, Main Campus
United to Serve is a System-wide volunteer initiative involving UT System students, administrators, faculty and staff. Join fellow Roadrunner volunteers for this kickoff event prior to volunteering.
University Center Lawn, Main Campus
UTSA Music Biz Day is an annual music symposium for the San Antonio community and students to network with music professionals and learn about how to get involved in the industry independent of experience. The event is free and open to all.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Policy Studies Center is hosting its first statewide Latino Policy Symposium to address public policies that contribute to the well-being of Latino families. The theme is Path to Power and Prosperity. This working summit provides an opportunity for public agencies, non-profits to review the impact of local and state policies targeting education, labor/employment/housing, and health and human services.
Buena Vista Street Building, Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
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