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Sustainability: America Recycles Day



America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at



The stadium pledge drive will be held during the Mules football game against Northeastern State at Walton Stadium on Nov. 4.
The pledge is not only to share what someone is interested in recycling, but also to:

Learn: I will find out what materials are collected in my community.

Act: In the next month I will reduce the amount of waste I produce, I will recycle more, and I will buy products made with recycled content.

Share: In the next month I will encourage one family member or friend to take the #BeRecycled pledge.


ARD 2015








ARD 2014


     In conjunction with America Recycles Day, UCM conducts Mess on the Mall. Mess on the Mall is an annual public trash audit of the trash at UCM. Trashcans are collected from across campus in an effort to show where improvements in recycling can made and the impact the UCM community can have on the earth.  The event is a great visual for students, faculty and staff because the trash is dumped out and sorted by student volunteers from various student organizations in front of the student union. Observers are able to see the amount of “trash” being thrown away that can be diverted from landfills. In conjunction with the event, volunteers and observers will be able to pledge to reduce their personal waste by recycling more. This year, participants pledged by tweeting at #ChooseRedGoGreen or by filling out pledge cards available onsite during the event.