Over the months of February and March, SDSU competed in the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, which is a nationwide competition to see which higher education institution can recycle the most and divert the most waste from the landfill.
Competition results have been released.
In the Per Capita Classic category, SDSU ranked 45th out of 127 competing schools. According to the Race to Zero Waste website, "In this category, schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis. Results are calculated by dividing recycling weight figures with the full-time equivalent (FTE) student and staff population of the school." Over the course of the competition, SDSU recycled approximately 10.58 pounds per person.
In the Diversion category, which measures how much total waste is diverted from the landfill, SDSU ranked 77th out of 104 competing schools. SDSU diverted approximately 22% of its waste from the landfill.
For official university recycling and diversion rates, please contact the Sustainability Specialist.