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What is RecycleMania?

RecycleMania is a friendly competition between colleges and universities to encourage and inform their campus communities on how to recycle, reduce waste, and rethink consumption habits. Over the 10-week period from February 2nd to March 30th, schools report recycling and trash data and are then ranked according to:
  • the largest amount of recyclables collected per capita;
  • the largest amount of total recyclables collected;
  • the least amount of trash collected per capita; and
  • which school has the highest recycling rate.
For the past 5 years, the University of Ottawa has been the Canadian winner of the RecycleMania challenge. Help us win for a 6th year in a row!
Last year on campus, we produced enough trash to fill the Desmarais building three times over! What's more is people are throwing out recyclables and contaminating our recycling by putting recyclables or trash in the wrong bin.
With the help of several student volunteers, University staff, and the Student Federation, we will be organizing several activities throughout the RecycleMania challenge. If you would like to volunteer some of your time (even if it's only for an hour), please contact Brigitte Morin, Waste Diversion and Recycling Coordinator at 613.562.5800 x 3997.



Guerrilla Recycling

Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
(February 13th to March 27th) 

141 Louis Pasteur, 1st floor reception (in front of Protection); all over campus  

This is a clandestine operation. Volunteers will split into teams and compete to sort the most recyclables in various buildings across campus. Participants are encouraged to wear dark hoodies and will be provided with an honorary gorilla badge at the end of the event.




Monday, February 24th — Friday, February 28th 
This event will be open to all Residences

This is a competition among student residences to encourage composting, as it is one of the most effective ways for an individual to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The compost will be weighed at the end of each day. On the night of February 28th, we will calculate the total amount of compost generated by each resident and divide it by the number of students. The winning residence will have a pizza party, on us!!!
(Pizza will be served to the first 50 attendees)


Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 – 7:00pm 
UCU 301

Bring the spa to your own home (do-it-yourself style)! We will be making at least 3 products out of ingredients from the local supermarket. Brand name spa products can be loaded with chemical additives that are harsh for your body and the environment. They can also cause unnecessary waste. The products we will be using will be all natural. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make your own. Keep what you’ve made and take home some recipes.

Language: Bilingual
Registration required. Email sustainable@sfuo.ca to register.  

Trashed Film Screening

Thursday, March 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm
MRT 251
This award-winning documentary features academy award-winner Jeremy Irons, who explores the causes and effects of our global waste problem. He travels to beautiful destinations around the world that have been blemished by pollution, taking the audience on an investigative journey from skepticism to sorrow to hope.

Spring Cleaning!

March 3rd – March 28th
Offices all over campus
During the month of March, any staff member at the University of Ottawa can contribute to RecycleMania and improve their office space by organizing a Spring Cleaning in their office or department. Simply contact bmorin@uottawa.ca for more information.  

Healthy Noon – Cook simply and reduce waste!

Wednesday, March 12th from 12-1pm
UCU Agora
Join the Office of Campus Sustainability and Health Promotion for our salad and salad dressing making (and tasting!) workshop where you'll learn how easy to is to prepare food from scratch and reduce waste at the same time. Prizes to be won! 


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Last updated: 2011.08.01