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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 in the Spring terms. 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.” Visit the tournament website for more information.  

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

Educational Events

We offer seminars, workshops, and learning activities every week. They are open to public.

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 on campus.

Service Learning

We offer an in-house Service Learning project. We invite CNM students who would like to raise awareness of recycling issues and improve recycling rate on campus.

Student Exhibits

RecycleMania ends with showcasing student accomplishments.

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