Salt Lake Community College recently competed with 460 colleges and universities, representing 5.3 million students in the U.S. and Canada, in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament and took first in the film plastic category.
SLCC came out in front of well-known schools like Stanford, Cornell, University of Kansas and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by recycling 8,675 pounds of film plastic materials during the eight-week competition that started in early February. This category measured pounds per capita recycled, which for SLCC was 0.3609.
The film plastic category includes materials like stretch, or shrink, wrap, plastic shopping bags and bubble wrap that are generated at places like bookstores or in shipping and receiving areas.
In all, participants in the tournament generated 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, equivalent to annual emissions from 24,823 cars.
For complete results in all 11 recycling categories and for more information, visit the website http://recyclemania.org.