Campus Race to Zero Waste is a national and Beavers versus Ducks recycling competition that runs for eight weeks every winter term.
The 2020 competition spanned eight weeks, February 2 - March 28, 2020.
Congrats Beavs - we won the 2020 Campus Race to Zero Waste Oregon Classic! The final score was 9.90 to 6.30 pounds recycled per person, allowing OSU to keep the title, the bragging rights and the trophy another year! (The name of the competition was changed from "RecycleMania" to Campus Race to Zero Waste in the summer of 2020.)
In addition to beating UO, we saw an increase in recycling over last year's competition, despite the drop in recycling in final weeks due to staff and students moving to remote work and classes. Over the eight weeks, OSU recycled an estimated 273,709 pounds - 82,048 more than last year - for an average of 9.90 pounds per Corvallis campus community member - a 41% increase over last year! The greatest increase was in cardboard weights, which is due to our ability to measure more cardboard than in previous years (due to a change in OSU's contract with its hauler related to weight data tracking). We also saw a 31% increase in paper and 20% increase in commingled recycling but a 20% drop in bottle/can weights.
Since starting the Oregon Classic in 2010, OSU has won seven times (2010-2012, 2015 and 2018-2020) compared to UO’s four (2013-2014 and 2016-2017). View Campus Race to Zero Waste results from previous years here.
After Dark: Friday, February 7, 9:00 pm - 12:00 am, Dixon Rec. Center - Drop by the Waste Watchers club booth at this event to play Bin It to Win It for a prize! After Dark details here.
Mug Shots Coffee Giveaway: Tuesday, February 18, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, M.U. Quad. Learn more here!
Repair Fair: Thursday, February 20, 5:30-7:30 pm, OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St. Learn more here!
Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator