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Aquinas Ranks 10th in the Country in Recycling Competition

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This Spring, Aquinas College participated in an 8-week national waste competition called RecycleMania. The College finished 10th in the Country, and first in the State, in the Grand Champion Category. AQ has participated in RecycleMania since 2009, ranking 18th last year. 

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 eight week period, colleges report recycling, composting, and trash weights, to be ranked against hundreds of participating colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Aquinas has participated in the RecycleMania competition since 2009.  This year's competition had over 350 schools, representing 4.4 million students who recycled or composted 79 million pounds of waste. These recovery efforts prevented the release of over 120,000 MTCO2E of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the annual emissions from over 24,000 cars.

Aquinas competes in the Grand Champion category combines trash, recycling, and composting to determine a school's diversion rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation. Previous performance is as follows:

  • 2015: 18th nationally, 1st in Michigan
  • 2014: 7th
  • 2013: 78th
  • 2012: 162nd
  • 2011: 36th
  • 2010: 14th
  • 2009: 19th

More details about Aquinas College's results and the results from other participating schools can be found here