Finally -- a competition that rewards
college students for amassing empty beer bottles.
Midway through the "RecycleMania
" competition, our plucky hometown schools are among the nation's leaders. San Francisco State ranks 12th, one spot ahead of City College -- in a field of 198 (last place: Union College
. C'mon Dutchmen
, get on the ball!). Stanford, by the way, is ranked 70th.
The 10-week competition, which concludes later this month, rewards schools that not only up their recycling effort but also reduce their trash generation. Scores are measured in percentages -- we're going to use some math here, but no algorithms, variables or anything complicated -- derived from the following equation: Weight of recycling divided by (the weight of recycling plus weight of trash) multiplied by 100.
So far, SFSU is registering 49.05 percent, a shade above CCSF's mark of 48.84 percent. Current leader CSU-San Marcos is running away with the competition at 82.28 percent.
Other schools of note: No. 20 CSU-Chico: 43.90 percent; No. 35 University of San Francisco: 38.95 percent; No. 56 Santa Clara University: 32.01 percent; No. 57 St. Mary's: 31.81 percent; No. 70 Stanford University: 29.01 percent; No. 112 U.C. Santa Cruz: 21.12 percent; No. 198 Union College: 0.57 percent (C'mon Dutchmen!).
The competition concludes at the end of the month. We will, of course, have the results right here. And if anyone has an idea how to start a betting pool -- do share.
Photo | State of Washington Department of Ecology (no joke)