CSUSM RecycleMania Champs Sixth Year in a Row


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

For the sixth year in a row, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) triumphed in the Environmental Protection Agency's RecycleMania contest by winning the national "Grand Champion" title.  From January 17 to March 27, this 10-week challenge rallies students, faculty and staff to increase on-campus recycling rates beyond their collegiate competitors.

The Grand Champion award is given to the campus that has the highest percentage of overall waste that is recycled during the ten week competition period. CSUSM beat out over 600 university competitors from the United States, Canada, and as far away as Qatar to win the honor with a 71.82 percent recycle rate.

CSUSM has become the school to beat, racking up six number one rankings as Grand Champion since 2005. 

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.

About RecycleMania
RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. The contest has expanded rapidly in nine years' time from two schools in 2001 to 607 colleges and universities in 2010 spanning 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete to see which institution can collect 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. For complete competition background and details, visit the RecycleMania website at www.recyclemaniacs.org.