Saint Mary's has participated in the RecycleMania competition & continues to update its waste policies and procedures to ensure consistent disposal of items.

What goes in what bin?

Landfill at SMCRecycling at SMCCompost

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Recyclemania, 2014

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.

This campus-wide event lasted from February 3 - March 30, 2014. Landfill diversion was measured each week (weights in recycling, landfill and compost). Our diversion ranged from 13-24% during this competition.

Additionally, through "Waste Less Wednesdays" we collected 77 student filled recycling bags during our campus community time as additional programming through the 8 weeks.

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


Frequently Asked Questions

  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. Event Recycling: 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. Special electronic waste pick-ups on campus collect pallets of  "e-waste" from the college community and local residents. In 2008, our 3rd annual "e-waste day" recycled 5,710 lbs. of electronic waste.                                                                                                                        
  6. Used batteries (except automotive, marine, and motorcycle) may be recycled in numerous locations, as seen in the below attachment. Acceptable battery types include Alkaline, NiCad, Carbon Zinc, Lithium, Nickel and metal hyd.
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