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Recycling at CNM and RecycleMania

It’s time to step up your recycling, Suncats!

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RecycleMania (#CNMRecycle) is an 8-week, campus-wide, hands-on learning project centered on recycling. It consists of weekly educational events, a service learning project, a contest, and a student conference.

The Sustainability Curriculum Committee strives to provide sustainability education to CNM students. In Spring Terms, we offer RecycleMania. RecycleMania “is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities” (

There are a number of ways in which CNM members can get involved: 

Educational Events: We offer seminars every week. They are available to anyone, and participants will create something that will be featured at the RecycleMania Student Conference. Please see the schedule for details.

Adopt-A-Recycling-Bin Contest: To raise awareness and excitement around this year’s RecycleMania, we host this annual contest. Any CNM member groups of three or more individuals are eligible to adopt a new recycling bin. Please see the guidelines for details.

Service Learning: We offer an in-house Service Learning project. We invite CNM students who would like to educate K-12 students during our featured event Mt. Recyclemore (formally known as Mt. Trashmore). Please see the instructions for details.

Student Conference: RecycleMania ends with our annual student conference. Contact Monique Lacoste ( for inquiries regarding participating in the conference as a presenter or an attendee. 

See below to learn about single-stream recycling at CNM.

Single-Stream Recycling at CNM

Single-stream recycling is an all-in-one recycling method where materials can be combined into one single bin. CNM has blue single-stream recycle bins located next to the trash cans in most classrooms and large green cardboard recycling bins have been placed in common areas across all campuses.

Here are some examples of items that CAN be placed in CNM's single-stream recycling bins:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Copy paper
  • Lids from coffee cups
  • Cardboard
  • Paper envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Tin or steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk jugs

Items that should NOT be placed in CNM recycling bins include:

  • Food wrappers
  • Candy wrappers
  • Bags from chips or snacks
  • Full or partially full plastic bottles
  • Cardboard or paper containing food
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Glass bottles or jars