SMC's helping reduce on-campus waste with the Recycle Mania competition!

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RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

More information about the competition is here on their website,!

Every Wednesday is Waste-Less Wednesday!
  • Full clear blue bags with recyclables will be collected on the Dante Quad in front of the Library.  Every week we want our pile to be bigger than the last week's. Our goal - 1000 bags a week!
  • Students will get a ticket to enter a drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift card for every full clear blue bag of Recycling they bring on Wednesdays.  
  • Bring a bag every week, and get a ticket every week for the drawing.

Offices will also have a chance to participate by recycling old files, papers, anything recyclable in Julie’s truck every Wednesday through March 19 from 10am – 11:30 am.  The truck will be marked with a blue RECYCLE MANIA logo, and she will take whatever she collects at 11:30 to the recycle dumpster.  For those of you who need a stronger incentive that just doing it because it is the right thing… she may have a piece of chocolate for you, a smile and a big thank you as well.

Here is the schedule of where the truck will be parked,  probably in a loading zone:

  • Feb. 19th  – FS lot between BJW, Sichel and Galileo
  • Feb. 26th – Chapel Circle/Plaza – North side
  • March 5th  - Chapel Circle/Plaza – South side by Dante
  • March 12th – FS lot in front of Filippi Academic Hall
  • March 19th - Drive area by Ferroggiaro/ CILSA & SIL

If you can guarantee at least a half  pick up truck load of recyclables, Julie will come by and collect them by appointment.   This is a great opportunity to clean out all those files, get rid of excess and support SMC’s Recycle Mania efforts.

For more information, contact Julie Welch 925-705-6276 or [email protected]

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In 2008, our 3rd annual "e-waste day" recycled 5,710 lbs. of electronic waste.

  1. What goes into Recycling (usually blue) bins: aluminum cans, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic (any kind), junk mail, catalogs.These co-mingled materials are then taken off campus to be separated. During the last 6 months of 2007, the College recycled 27,720 lbs. of these mixed materials. After new recycling bins were distributed in February, 2008, recycling increased to 34,340 lbs in the first half of the year. For the last 6 months of 2008, recycling reached an all-time high of 48,284 lbs.

  2. What can not go into the Recycling bins: styrofoam, electronics (collected during E-waste days), fluorescent bulbs (collected by B&G),batteries, toner or ink cartridges (take to Warehouse), food waste, CD's and DVD's.

  3. Recycling Service Requests. The recycling crew empties the smaller blue recycling bins in classrooms and offices on a regular basis. They empty all the larger outside bins for Residence Life as necessary. All recycling is transported to the holding area and picked up by waste management when full. The cardboard bales are picked up by Weyerhaeuser Trucking. If you have any recycling requests or needs, please fill out Work Orders and submit to the Physical Plant Office.

  4. For all events, including barbecues and parties, that generate recyclables: You can now request new well-identified recycle bins in racks of 2, on the same workorder as your table and chair set up request. For Parties of Less than 10: There is one rack with one recycle bin and one Trash bin. For Parties of 10 or More: Request one or more racks consisting of two recycle bins each. Trash bins will be the normal size trash cans you see at events.

  5. Saint Mary's receives grant, improves recycling. Under an $8,650 grant from the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority,the College purchased 595 recycling bins for use in the residence halls and conducted an educational campaign to promote recycling. The amount of material recycled increased significantly, from 27,720 lbs. between July and December of 2007, to 48,284 lbs. during the same period in 2008.

  6. Used batteries (except automotive, marine, and motorcycle) may be recycled in one of three locations: the Physical plant office, the Warehouse, and also the Rheem facility’s kitchen.  Acceptable battery types include Alkaline, NiCad, Carbon Zinc, Lithium, Nickel and metal hyd.

  7. Special electronic waste pick-ups on campus collect pallets of  "e-waste" from the college community and local residents.
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