Area colleges compete for cash in recycling challenge

GENESEE COUNTY — Baker College, University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint), Kettering University and Mott Community College (MCC) will be competing again in the second annual Recycling Challenge. The purpose is to encourage recycling on all four Flint college campuses while making it a fun, friendly competition. The Recycling Challenge will be a little different than last year’s competition in that the recycling trailer or “rolloff” container will be available to accept recyclables on each of the four campuses now through March 31. Recyclables being collected are mixed paper, cardboard, plastics 1-7 and metal.

“Our students and campus community worked hard to collect recyclables last spring and are up to the challenge again this year,” said Nadine Thor of Kettering University, who won the Recycling Challenge last year.

“We were really competitive last year and with support from our students, staff and even our neighbors we collected over 21,800 pounds of material. We were all winners for that effort. We cleaned house and I know there is still more out there so I’ll be encouraging team Mott College to step up again for a victory,” said Rebecca Gale- Gonzalez, co-coordinator of the Earth Day Celebration and Green Initiatives Team member for MCC.

“Our campus has had a well developed recycling program in place for many years,” said Lora Rometsch of UM-Flint and co-coordinator of the event. “This friendly competition between colleges helps encourage others in our Flint community and on campus to recycle. It is easy to participate. I am confident that the students, staff and faculty will step up and recycle even more than last year.”

“Since Baker participated in last year’s Recycling Challenge Competition there has been a noticeable difference in the recycling effort on our campus,” said Matt Bohlen, admissions advisor at Baker College. “We are looking forward to participating again this year.”

This year the event is sponsored by Waste Management Inc. and Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

“This contest is right in line with the Genesee County Solid Waste Management Plan and its goal of reducing the amount of local waste we throw in area landfills,” said Nate Scramlin, solid waste planner at the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission. “I was a student at both Mott and Kettering, I’m a Michigan fan but graduated from MSU, so I’ve got no business taking sides. Realistically, the Genesee County community is the big winner here. Any time we can divert waste from the landfill to the recycling facility, I’m a big fan.”

Waste Management, Inc. is providing the recycling containers and transporting the recyclable material to their

“Recycle America” recycling facility in Saginaw. The material will be sorted, weighed and sent to end markets for reuse.

“Waste Management recycled enough paper last year to save over 41 million trees”, said

Carey Weihmiller, public sector services manager for Waste


Two prizes will be awarded: one prize goes to the college who recycled the most materials by weight; and the other prize goes to the college who recycled the most pounds per student enrolled. The two winners will split the prize money generated from the rebate received from the materials collected and recycled. The winners will be announced at the annual Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16 at the University of Michigan-Flint.

For more information on the annual Earth Day Celebration, visit or call 810-766-6763. — Natalie Blythe

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