WASTE DIVERSION AT CSUSM
RecycleMania Victories ... and RecycleMania 2014.
Since first entering the competition in 2005, Cal State San Marcos has won 8 major RecycleMania titles, including 7 straight "Grand Championships" between 2005 and 2011.
RecycleMania is the original and foremost intercollegiate recycling and waste diversion tournament in North America. Typically, 500 to 600 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada participate annually in this open division competition.
In 2013, CSUSM captured the traditional "Per Capita Classic" trophy and also claimed victory in the Targeted Materials category for recycled Paper.
Cal State San Marcos will be taking a break from the RecycleMania Tournament in 2014, so as to retool and reset, as we incorporate a major campus building expansion. CSUSM will continue to work ardently toward greater campus waste diversion through recycling with an increased emphasis on source reduction.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF "WASTE NOT... WANT NOT".
At Cal State San Marcos, we strive to make waste diversion as easy and convenient as possible for the campus community. Through proper waste mangement, we can help to protect and improve our environment. For example, Recycling allows material normally disposed in landfill sites to be remade into many useful products.
CSUSM has met all statutory waste diversion targets as set by state mandate AB 75. Since January, 2004, the campus has comfortably exceeded the compliance rate of 50%. So, the University is well poised to satisfy the mandate as established by AB 341. In fact, during the 10 weeks of RecycleMania 2013 Cal State San Marcos set a campus Recycling rate record of of 82%. It is our ultimate vision and strategic mission to achieve zero waste on campus. To reach this goal, we continuously seek to identify opportunities and implement innovative programs that will not only increase waste diversion,but focus on waste reduction. The proper approach to waste management should be; Reduce, Reuse, and then Recycle!