Behold Mt. Trashmore and Learn More About Recycling at Event Wednesday

February 25, 2015 -- How much of CNM’s potential recyclables go to landfills instead of recycling plants? Stop by and find out on Wednesday, March 4, during a recycling awareness event that will feature a trash-littered shrine to recycling called Mount Trashmore.
July 16, 2015

Two days-worth of trash collected from buildings on Main Campus will be piled high on a large tarp in the grassy area outside of the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Service Learning students and any other students interested in volunteering will sort through the trash in protective clothing, separating recyclables from waste, to demonstrate the amount of recyclables that too often wind up in the landfill instead of recycling plants.

Students will have to sign a waiver and protective clothing will be provided, including coveralls, gloves, safety glasses and hand-held claws that can pick up trash. Those participating must wear closed-toed shoes. RecycleMania promotional items, free food and refreshments will be available for volunteers at the Mount Trashmore event.

In addition to Mount Trashmore, there will be information tables providing facts about recycling and its impact on the environment.

This is the second year CNM is conducting the Mount Trashmore event. New to the 2015 event will be an Educational Expo in the SRC where students will display posters, brochures, videos and digital materials that they created showing the importance of recycling. There will also be information about what’s recyclable and what’s not. Representatives of Waste Management of New Mexico, the company that rids the college of its trash, will judge the entries and award prizes.

Forty fourth graders from Dolores Gonzales Elementary School will also be on campus to participate in educational recycling activities and games.

This event is in being held in conjunction with CNM’s participation in the two-month long RecycleMania Tournament, in which CNM is competing against colleges and universities across the country and Canada for recycling excellence. CNM currently ranks 29th among 204 colleges and universities for the percentage of overall waste that’s being recycled. In week four of the competition CNM is recycling at a rate of 55 percent, an increase of 10 percent from the same period last year.

Please join in or stop by for the recycling festivities on Wednesday. In the meantime, keep on recycling every recyclable in sight! The college’s participation in the 2015 RecycleMania Tournament continues through March 29.