By Mary Mattox

CLEMSON — Clemson University will join more than 600 universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico in RecycleMania, a continental recycling competition, from Feb. 2 to March 31.

Last year, Clemson students, faculty, staff and community members worked together to place first among South Carolina colleges and universities and second in the ACC Division, recycling 255,687 pounds of material. Clemson placed 108th out of 288 schools nationally. This year, Clemson anticipates increasing the recycling rate to 35 percent.

Clemson Recycling Services, University Housing, Undergraduate Student Government and Solid Green are working together to make this year’s RecycleMania bigger than ever with more events, rallies and informational sessions. A kickoff event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Hendrix Student Center and University Union Loggia will feature giveaways, games and Clemson’s two new recycling mascots.

The competition focuses on recycling paper, plastic, cardboard, food waste and electronic waste. Everyone is encouraged to join by recycling these materials in the blue bins around campus and on Kite Hill. The community can get involved by hosting collection events, volunteering, supporting the different events and bringing recycling materials to Kite Hill.

“RecycleMania serves as a catalyst to promote sustainability,” said Kate Ripley, Recycling Services intern.

“It would be great if we could win the ACC Division this year,” said Dave VanDeventer, campus recycling manager. “We finished just outside the top 100 last year and we would like to move up in the national rankings as well. The competition is getting stronger, so these would be great achievements for Clemson University.”

Other events in RecycleMania include a four-week recycling competition between residence halls, “Dirty Jobs: Clemson Edition” on Kite Hill at the end of February, an off-campus recycling day in March, a spring cleaning and shred day on campus in March and an art show at the beginning of April. For more information, visit