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RecycleMania is a fun and green competition among colleges and universities across the United States and Canada to improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste. Over an eight-week period, Stony Brook University will report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week to be ranked in various categories like Minimizing Food Waste, Electronics Recycling, Race to Zero Waste Building, and Case Study based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis. 

Schools are also ranked depending on who has the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. Since rankings change each week, participating schools can follow their performance against competing schools and use the results to further encourage and rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. 

“I am proud to be at a University that is not only a leader in environmental stewardship across SUNY and New York State, but systematically and relentlessly strives to reduce solid waste streams and increase recycling opportunities,” stated Dean Tufts, Vice President, Facilities and Services and Faculty Student Association Board Member. “In partnership with Stony Brook Medicine and the Long Island State Veterans Home, the entire Stony Brook community unites around these common goals.”

Join the Race to Zero Waste!

Recyclemania boxFacilities and Services offers free recycling services for office paper and cardboard clean-ups, eWaste pick ups, and complimentary confidential document shredding.

To expedite your request, please submit a Work Order in the FIXIT system

In FIXIT, there are three (3) RecycleMania categories to choose from:

  • RecycleMania – Office Mixed-Paper Clean-Ups
  • RecycleMania – Complimentary Confidential Shredding
  • RecycleMania – E-Waste Pick Ups (You must first complete the Surplus Control form to acquire approval from Property Control; call 2-6306 for more information).

Stony Brook University’s “Race to Zero Waste” kicks off with the RecycleMania competition aimed at heightening awareness in the field of recycling and resource management, decreasing the University’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment, and lowering the quantity of waste generated by reducing, reusing and recycling.

Recyclemania“Our main focus is to get students excited about RecycleMania, make Stony Brook a greener campus and earn bragging rights against peer institutions,” explained Michael Youdelman, Manager, Recycling and Resource Management. 

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) plays a major role in the collection and measurement of items to be recycled for this competition, which includes bottles and cans, paper and shredded paper, cardboard and food service organics (food donations and minimizing food waste whenever feasible).

“Dining has always been one of the biggest producers of waste, which is why participating in this competition is so important. We need to reduce waste and lower our environmental footprint on campus,” explained Van Sullivan, FSA Executive Director.

Stony Brook University is participating in RecycleMania 2020 after last competing in 2017 and will be one of 400+ universities in the competition. The eight-week period will start on February 2 and end on March 28. Winning schools in each category will be nationally recognized on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. The winners will receive an award made up of recyclable materials and be able to host a special traveling trophy of the category in which they win. 

Join the Recyclemania kick off event on Wednesday, February 12, at 1 pm at East Side Dining.

To learn more about sustainability and recycling tips for the competition, click here

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