University Housing sees gains in its second year of Recyclemania participation

Thursday, April 8 2010

Written by Tina Deines

MOSCOW, Idaho—University Housing at the University of Idaho saw less garbage and more compostable materials and recyclables this year, compared to last year during Recyclemania, Jan. 17 - March 27.

Recyclemania is a nationwide competition that pits school against school to see who can recycle the most. University Housing also participates in hall competitions as part of the event.

This year, 11 halls participated in Recyclemania, recycling a total of 35,213 pounds of materials. While this year’s actual number of pounds recycled is lower than last year, the proportion of recyclables and compostable materials to trash is notably higher. Twenty-two percent of this year’s waste was recyclables and compostable materials, compared to 10.6 percent last year.

Lindley Hall won the competition, contributing 5.93 pounds of recycling per person, and each of the 28 residents will receive organic cotton t-shirts and a pizza party from the University of Idaho Sustainability Center.

This year’s Recyclemania featured the addition of several sustainable events, including an invitation to download special E-print software to personal computers, perks for using reusable mugs at Campus Dining locations, and an “unusual recycling” week.

As increasing environmental awareness drives interest in sustainable practices, the University of Idaho continues to seek carbon reduction initiatives to meet the current and future needs of society and to contribute to the quality of life and the natural resources in Idaho, the nation and the world. The University of Idaho emitted 38,981 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 2007, which equals 3.59 tons per student. The university has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030 and has begun the work to reduce carbon emissions across operations. For more information about the university’s sustainability efforts, contact the University of Idaho Sustainability Center at or visit
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About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit