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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…. Repeat: Stony Brook To Reclaim Recyclemania Top “E-Waste” Title

Stony Brook, NY—February 8, 2016 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…. Repeat! Once again, Stony Brook University is determined be recognized as a top recycler in RecycleMania 2016 -- an eight-week recycling competition for colleges and universities in North America. The RecycleMania tournament runs now through April 2, 2016 and ranks over 400 institutions, in various categories, based on the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. 

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Stony Brook University has had success in the RecycleMania competition in recent years, most notably in the “e-waste” and “Gorilla” categories.

  • In 2015, Stony Brook improved its total e-waste score for the third consecutive year by recycling 139,676 pounds of material, an 11 percent increase over 2014.
  • The University recorded the highest totals in the per capita, Gorilla, and paper categories among participating SUNY schools in 2015.
  • In 2014, Stony Brook finished in first place in e-waste recycling with 125,498 pounds recycled, surpassing the second place finisher by over 45,000 pounds.
  • In 2013, Stony Brook was recognized as Best in SUNY in the Gorilla category and Best in the nation in the E-waste category.
  • In 2012, the University was ranked best in SUNY in the Gorilla category.

This year, Stony Brook is looking to retain its e-waste title and to finish as the top generator of recycling material in the “Gorilla” category, which ranks how much paper, bottles, cans and cardboard each university recycles. To do so, the Department of Recycling & Resource Management and the Office of Sustainability will be providing receptacles for office cleaning and complimentary paper shredding, in addition to the removal of e-waste and other recyclable materials.

RecycleMania is one of many sustainability initiatives supported by the University. For additional information on RecycleMania, please contact Recycling & Resource Management at (631) 632-4640 or via email at:  recycling@stonybrook.edu.

To request recycling services on campus, participants should submit work orders into the University’s FIXIT work order system at www.stonybrook.edu/fixit/.  

The University community can help reduce the campus’ carbon footprint by living sustainably and choosing to recycle. A full list of what can be recycled and other sustainable tips can be found on the Recycling & Resource Management website.

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About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts college of the university, with 26 academic departments, over 450 faculty and 12,000 students.  It is also host to the renowned Humanities Institute at Stony Brook.  As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

About RecycleMania
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 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as, which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.  With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. The competition, which began in 2001 as a two-school competition between Ohio University and Miami University, has grown over its 15-year history into a major collegiate competition event.

Reporter Contact: Alida Almonte   
631-632-6310; Twitter @sbunewsdesk