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LIU-Post’s RecycleMania

Billy Achnitz

LIU Post is competing in the 2012 RecycleMania Tournament for the first time. RecycleMania is a recycling competition and benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to promote recycling as well as waste reduction.

The competition began in January of 2001 when the two recycling coordinators from Ohio University and Miami University came together to discuss how they could motivate their student bodies to recycle more. The result was the birth of the first RecycleMania Tournament.

Since its first year, RecycleMania has practically grown exponentially. Last year, in 2011, the competition included 630 colleges and universities representing 49 states and 4 Canadian provinces. Over 7.5 million students and staff participated and collectively recycled over 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials.

The competition includes 9 different categories and is 8 weeks long. LIU Post will be competing in only three: the Gorilla Competition, the Per Capita Classic, and the Electronics Competition. The Gorilla Competition is based on overall weight of recyclables, so this will be awarded to the school that recycles the most. The Per Capita Classic is based on the weight of recyclables recycled per person. Lastly, the Electronics Competition, a new category added this year, will go to the school that recycles the most electronics.

So, for the month of March, the LIU Post Recycling Program in conjunction with the Facilities Department will be collecting e-waste and tracking how much we recycle for the month of March. If you have any electronics that you wish to recycle on campus, there will be a representative from Facilities outside the Hutchins Gallery in the library to make sure that your e-waste is acceptable under our current e-waste recycling program.

Thus far, we have recycled over 8,000 pounds of recyclables. The members of the LIU Post Recycling Program as well as the Department of Facilities Services are working very hard to raise awareness about this initiative and we encourage everybody, staff, faculty, and students alike, to recycle as much as you possibly can.


The collection days are as follows:

-March 6th:             1-2pm

-March 14th:             2-3pm

-March 22nd:            9-10am

-March 29th:             10-11am


Our recycling program also accepts aluminum & tin cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, paperboard, and mixed paper. Recycling bins for these products are located in Hillwood Commons, the Pratt Recreation Center, the Interfaith Center, and the lobbies of each residence hall.

Please note that any items with batteries, liquids or chemicals cannot be accepted. However, typical e-waste items that are accepted under our program are computers, TVs, VCRs, cell phones, gaming systems, stereo equipment, and fax machines.

Go to for a full list of items that can be recycled. For additional questions, please email

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