William and Mary recently participated in the annual RecycleMania Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The competition ended on March 30, and W&M finished first in Virginia, topping schools such as University of Virginia, James Madison University and Virginia Tech. Overall, the College finished #38 out of 273 in the Competition Division. A total of 523 schools competed nationwide.
During the eight-week competition, colleges and universities across the United States and Canada are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they can collect.
“RecycleMania is a great competition that gives colleges a fresh perspective on how much we are recycling versus what is being diverted from the landfill,” stated Kathleen DiBenedetto, Sadler Center RFoC location manager and member of W&M Dining’s sustainability team. “I am so excited to see how we have evolved into one of the top recyclers in higher education and how that has impacted our overall environmental footprint”.
Throughout the school year, the W&M Dining sustainability team, comprised of student interns Rebecca Starr ‘13, Colleen Swingle ‘14, Michael Curcio ‘15, Wesley Meyer ‘15 and Huan Song ‘13, has worked closely with dining management staff to spread awareness and engagement for sustainable initiatives on campus, including the importance of recycling and the RecycleMania competition.
“Our dining sustainability interns have provided the campus and Dining Services with a high standard of excellence in all facets of sustainability, which raises the bar to be met by others,” stated Larry Smith, dining director ofoOperations and sustainability coordinator.