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NMSU competes in RecycleMania tournament

New Mexico State University kicked off its participation in RecycleMania, a national tournament for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction, on Feb. 2.


This is the RecycleMania logo.
New Mexico State University kicked off its participation in RecycleMania, a national tournament for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction, on Feb. 2. (Courtesy image)

The competition motivates students, faculty and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation. NMSU's Aggie Recycling department measures recycling for eight weeks in the Grand Champion category of the competition and reports it - look for the results on Office of Sustainability webpage at http://sustainability.nmsu.edu and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUSustainability.

The three arrows of the recycling logo stand for reduce, reuse and recycle. We need to first reduce our consumption of items that end up in a landfill, such as plastic bottles, plastic bags and aluminum cans. If that isn't feasible, then try to reuse -- share with friends, take items to Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity or other places that can repurpose or upcycle items. The last, but still effective option is to recycle. The goal is to keep things out of landfills.

NMSU Housing and Residential Life recycles what the City of Las Cruces recycles as single stream. The rest of the Las Cruces campus recycles only the following things as single stream in the small bins by your desk, or separated in the recycling centers in your building: mixed papers, aluminum cans, plastic water and soda bottles, cardboard and cereal board.

Beginning now, it's time to think about exactly what goes in your trash and what goes in the blue bin. The competition goes through March 28.

There will be activities on campus during the eight-week competition - Pistol Pete and the NMSU cheerleaders, the NMSU DanceSport team, tabling and prizes at Corbett Center.

For more information about RecycleMania and other sustainability topics, contact joni newcomer, NMSU sustainability manager, at 575-646-7563.