Recycling Collection during RecycleMania:

Check back for our weekly weigh-in!

Week 1 (Feb. 2-8): 2.19 tons recycled or 19.22% of total waste
Week 2 (Feb. 9-15): 2.23 tons recycled or 18.83% of total waste
Week 3 (Feb. 16-22): 2.40 tons recycled or 20.20% of total waste
Week 4 (Feb. 23 - March 1): 2.48 tons recycled or 22.44% of total waste
Week 5 (March 2-8): 2.78 tons recycled or 20.98% of total waste
Week 6 (March 9-15): 1.17 tons recycled or 19.18% of total waste
Week 7 (March 16-22): 3.22 tons recycled or 29.27% of total waste
Week 8 (March 23-29): 
Week 9 (March 30-31):

Recycling Facts (that can save you money and the Earth)
  • The average American uses 700lbs of paper a year, or about 465 trees per citizen.
  • A glass bottle will take 40,000 years to decompose if not recycled
  • 40 percent of all bottled water is bottled tap water
  • It takes 500,000 trees to publish the NY Sunday Times—every week!

Feb. 2 - March 28

Our Recyclemania goal this year is education. By educating our campus, we hope to improve recyling efforts from last year to have 27 percent of all waste be recycled.

Our "Be the Tradition" slogan means that we are to continue our efforts to not only be conscious of recycling during Recyclemania but also become a more sustainable campus.

This year's Trashion Fashion Show  starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in the Rigas Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Go to the Trashion Fashion Show page to learn how to make your own eco-friendly designs!


Calendar of Events for Recyclemania 2015

  • Polar Bear Purge - in the Plassmann Quad

    Throughout the day students will have the opportunity to build a gigantic polar bear in the snow. The purpose of this activity is to create awareness that the Arctic Ice Cap, home of the polar bear, is being destroyed in part due to our failure to recycle.

  • Think Green: Hostage Negotiations - any time until April 2 on campus

    Are you recycling the way you should or are you being thoughtless? We'll find out when Tread Lightly takes your trash bins hostage for an in-depth interrogation. Remember... we're always watching!

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  • Shred-A-Thon - any time until April 2 on campus

    Need materials in your office shredded? Contact Azure Collins-Anderson at to arrange for a member of Tread Lightly to shred your documents.

  • Trashion Fashion Show - 7 p.m Tuesday, April 21, in the QCA's Rigas Theatre

    The Trashion Fashion Show is a design competition combining high fashion with environmental awareness in an effort to construct works that are both eco-friendly and eco-couture. It is a fun and creative way to live a more sustainable life beyond simply sorting recyclables into buckets or bins.

    Go to the Trashion Fashion page to learn more.


St. Bonaventure 'Toilet Talks' spread the good word about recycling

Mar 12, 2014 |

By Emily Carson, ’14

Members of Tread Lightly, St. Bonaventure’s environmental group, have developed a unique way of informing the campus community about the importance of recycling and SBU’s annual Recyclemania event.

Tread Lightly-sponsored newsletters called “Toilet Talk” are posted bi-weekly on campus restroom doors in an effort to reach more readers. These newsletters include information on Tread Lightly, campus events, and recycling tips.

“’Toilet Talks,’ as we like to call them, were created by Alex Bulszewicz and me,” said Katrina Teeter, Tread Lightly’s president. “This is a way to get more awareness about what we can/cannot recycle and how we can decrease our negative impacts on the environment.”

Recyclemania, an eight-week-long project sponsored by St. Bonaventure’s Sustainability Committee, Tread Lightly and Student Government Association, promote the importance of recycling and sustainability on campus in an effort to benefit the environment.

“We strive to help educate the student body, faculty and staff to become more aware of their surroundings and learn how they can positively affect the environment that surrounds us,” Teeter said.  “We [Tread Lightly] work closely with Recyclemania because we share many of the same goals about educating the public, plus we enjoy helping to increase recycling across campus.”

The theme for the event this year is “Feed the Wolf.” Green Bona Wolf logos are located around campus to identify recycling locations. 

Teeter said she hopes to increase the percentage of recyclable materials collected on campus to at least 25 percent through Recyclemania. St. Bonaventure offers the opportunity to recycle effectively by allowing plastic bins, with recycling symbols one through seven, to be placed on campus.

“I am so glad our newsletter has reached many eyes, and it has stirred up some interest on campus,” Teeter said. “Our ‘Did you know...’ section really interests people often enough to do their own digging to learn more about how we affect the environment and how we can help.”

Teeter said Tread Lightly members will continue to post “Toilet Talks” throughout the semester.


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» Share how your department or club is actively involved in recycling and/or feedback on your needs: Contact Sr. Suzanne Kush at 375-2358 or