|President Shearer poses with Rosie, LFUCG's recycling mascot, at the RecycleMania launch.|
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University launched its participation in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition among college campuses, at a lunchtime rally on Thursday, January 28. President Charles L. Shearer and Rosie, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s recycling mascot, were in attendance to encourage students to participate.
RecycleMania is a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects 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. In addition to the national competition, Transy will host an intra-campus competition among floors in residence halls.
Immediately following the rally, student volunteers sorted trash at a campus waste audit, seeking to answer the question: How much do we recycle? How much do we throw away? How much are we trashing that we could recycle? The information will be used as a baseline that will help the university set goals for its recycling program during RecycleMania and beyond.