IU takes on annual RecycleMania competition

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Recycling bins sit in a line in Spruce Hall. RecycleMania kicked off at IU and other universities across the U.S. and Canada on Sunday. 

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RecycleMania kicked off Sunday at IU and other universities across the United States and Canada. 

In the eight-week recycling competition, RecycleMania organizers compile recycling and trash data from participating schools. Organizers then publishes the data on its website to try and increase recycling efforts across college campuses.

Open to anyone on the Bloomington campus, IU’s portion of the event began Feb. 3 and ends March 30. IU has been a participant for more than half a decade. 

Cassiday Moriarity, junior and Read Center president, said RecycleMania holds universities accountable by publishing food waste data and also encourages sustainability by getting the student body involved. 

She said IU’s recycling amounts have been stagnant for the past few years.

“No matter who you ask, waste diversion is the number one thing anyone can do,” Moriarity said. “At IU in particular, there’s so many ways to do it.”

She said she was stunned by seeing students throw food waste into the wrong containers, intentionally or otherwise. 

“You can stand any place on campus and watch kids blatantly throw it in the wrong one,” she said. “I work in a dining hall and see it every day.”

Moriarity said she is advertising RecycleMania throughout her residence hall to see if she can reduce the amount of food waste it creates. She said she is also reaching out to the Residence Hall Association and IU Student Government to promote the competition. 

“You don’t even have to be a part of IU Student Government to make an impact on campus,” Moriarity said. 

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