Campus News

Help UK Beat Hundreds of Universities in RecycleMania

UK is competing against hundreds of universities in RecycleMania, a national recycling competition among college and university recycling programs.
UK is competing against hundreds of universities in RecycleMania, a national recycling competition among college and university recycling programs.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2020) — In 2019, the University of Kentucky diverted a total of 9.7 million pounds of material away from the landfill and increased general recycling by 17% compared to 2018 totals. While these numbers are impressive, UK aims to collect more recyclables than ever in 2020. As part of that mission, UK is competing against hundreds of universities in RecycleMania, a national recycling competition among college and university recycling programs.

Throughout February and March, the UK Recycling Office encourages UK students, faculty and staff to recycle more and waste less. “Start small,” said UK Recycling Coordinator Joanna Ashford. “Remember to recycle your cardboard boxes, office paper, magazines, newspaper, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles in the blue containers throughout campus. It is a simple step that can have a big impact on campus."

Events across campus will highlight the importance of recycling at UK. First up on the calendar is a tabling event. Stop by and learn about what you can recycle here at UK. This tabling will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Gatton Student Center.

As part of RecycleMania, the UK Recycling staff is also available to speak to any campus group, office or organization interested in learning more about recycling. Contact UK Recycling Coordinator Joanna Ashford at Joanna.ashford@uky.edu to schedule a talk.

Be on the lookout for updates on the university's ranking throughout the next two months on UK Recycling Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ukyrecycles).

Need a recycling bin for your office? Complete the online form to receive a free recycling bin for your office or department.

For more information about what is and isn’t recyclable, visit www.uky.edu/facilities/cppd/services/facilities-services/recycling/what-is-recyclable.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.