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A Commitment Towards a More Sustainable Community

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RecycleMania 2014


What Is RecycleMania?
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more. For more information about the structure and rules of the competition and the various contests, visit the RecyleMania website.

The official dates for RecycleMania 2014 have been set. Preseason practice weeks will run Jan. 19 through Feb. 1. The official competition will kick-off on Feb. 2 and extend eight weeks to March 29.

RecycleMania’s Goals
  • Have a fair and friendly recycling competition.
  • Increase recycling participation by students and staff.
  • Heighten awareness of schools' waste management and recycling programs.
  • Expand economic opportunities while addressing environmental issues in a positive way.
  • Lower waste generated on-campus by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
  • Have the competition act as a catalyst for colleges and universities to build and expand waste reduction programs on campus.
Drexel’s Goals

Here at Drexel, our goal is not only to compete with other schools nationally and locally, but to compete against ourselves and top the previous year’s results. This will be Drexel’s seventh year participating in RecycleMania. In 2013, Drexel finished No. 124 nationally (out of 273 participants) in overall recycling rate.

Campus Conservation Nationals 2014

In addition to competing in the annual RecycleMania competition, Drexel will be competing in the Campus Conservation Nationals, the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. With 130+ schools signed up and 1500+ buildings enrolled, this stands to be the largest energy and water reduction competition in history. From Feb. 3 through April 25, participating colleges and universities will compete to achieve the greatest possible energy and water reductions in residence halls. Each University will need to select a three-week period during the contest time period to track their results. Drexel will gather results during the time period of March 29 through April 18.

How You Can Get Involved

Drexel University recycles approximately 900 tons of waste each year, more than 30% of the University’s waste stream. Drexel Green’s Recycling How-To Guide [PDF] has a complete listing of all the materials Drexel recycles and instructions on how to have them recycled. Please post this information in your residence, work, or study area to spread the information to your classmates and colleagues. Materials that count for the 2014 RecycleMania competition include: paper, cardboard, cell phones, computer and electronic equipment, and aluminum, glass and plastic containers (full list of materials counted).

Special Recycling Events

Drexel Green will host a RecycleMania event on each of Drexel’s three Philadelphia campuses to collect recyclables for the competition.

  • University City Campus (Recreation Center Lobby Entrance, Market Street between 33rd and 34th): Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-site shredding services will be provided by DocuVault.
  • Queen Lane Campus (Front Lawn): Monday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On-site shredding services will be provided by DocuVault.
  • Center City Campus (New College Building, First Floor Lobby): Tuesday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dispose of University Records Responsibly

Complimentary record destruction services will be provided to Drexel departments between March 1 and March 19, overlapping with the RecycleMania competition. Instructions for obtaining these complimentary services for your department are described below. Departments that take advantage of these services will not only become more compliant with the University’s Record Management program, but also support Drexel’s sustainability initiative.

  • University City Campus: Departments should contact Kyle Kephart at 215.895.2831 by March 1 to reserve a bin for collecting records to be destroyed. Bins will be delivered to your department on the week of March 3. Departments should contact Kyle to arrange pick-up by March 19.
  • Center City Campus (including 10 Shurs Lane): Departments should contact Steve Kilpatrick from DocuVault at 856.853.5160 by March 1 to reserve a bin for collecting records to be destroyed. Bins will be delivered to your department on the week of March 3. Departments should contact Steve to arrange pick-up by March 19. For those departments that receive regularly scheduled services from DocuVault, you may use the bins located in your office as well as reserve additional bins if needed.
  • Queen Lane Campus: DocuVault will provide on-site shredding services on March 3 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Departments should plan ahead and have all records requiring destruction ready for shredding by March 3.

For more information regarding Records Management training and resources (including online training) please refer to the Record Management Policy webpage and the Records Management Resources webpage.

Training sessions by the Office of the General Counsel and Records Management Archivist will be held in February. These training sessions are especially recommended for academic and administrative department and division heads and their record management administrators. The following topics will be discussed.

  • General Policy Overview
  • Legal Issues Arising From Records Management Practices
  • Records Management Administrator Duties
  • Basics of Electronic Records Management
  • How to Use the Retention Schedules
  • DocuVault Services
  • Sending Material to the Archives
  • RecycleMania Details

RSVP is required to attend one of these sessions. Email records@drexel.edu to RSVP:

  • University City Campus (Library Learning Terrace, 33rd and Race Streets): Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Center City Campus (New College Building, 3rd Floor, Multipurpose Room 3506-10): Thursday, Feb. 13, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • University City Campus (Library Learning Terrace, 33rd and Race Streets): Wednesday, Feb. 19, 9-10:30 a.m.

Results are posted weekly on the RecycleMania website. Track Drexel’s progress and standings throughout the competition and help us reach our goals!


For more information on RecycleMania and general questions about Drexel’s recycling program, e-mail recycle@drexel.edu.