Recycling at CNM

Information on Campus Race to Zero Waste, a multi-campus recycling and data collection project.

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Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania) 2020

"Each year the Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania) program calls for best practice case studies from campuses across the U.S. and Canada to showcase programs and strategies in waste minimization, food waste reduction, and education and awareness. The case study resource is a great opportunity to gain recognition for campus efforts to reduce waste and to share helpful information for campuses that are working on similar efforts." 

Additionally, CNM ( #CNMRecycle)  also participates in an eight-week, multi-campus recycling and data collection project to benchmark the college's recycling efforts and to promote waste reduction activities.

This year, CNM will enter into the national case study competition to showcase our efforts in educational outreach. We will assess whether the new waste and recycling signage has had an impact on waste diversion and contamination rates. The Sustainability Curriculum Committee and the Physical Plant Department strive to provide sustainability education to CNM students. In 2018, CNM won the case study in the Waste Minimization category and received an honorable mention in 2019. 

View the 2020 CNM Case Study [PDF]


2019 Schedule of Events

2019 Case Study

Did you miss the 2019 RecycleMania Grand Finale!? If so, click on theses live links for the presentations. They are on social, economic, and environmental issues related to waste and recycling.

2018 Schedule of Events

2017 Schedule of Events

Service Learning

We offer an in-house Service Learning project. We invite CNM students who would like to raise awareness of recycling issues and improve the recycling rate on campus.

Student Exhibits

See below to learn about single-stream recycling at CNM.

Single-Stream Recycling at CNM

Single-stream recycling is an all-in-one recycling method where materials can be combined into one single bin. CNM has blue single-stream recycling bins located next to the trash cans in most classrooms and large green cardboard recycling bins have been placed in common areas across all campuses.

Here are some examples of items that CAN be placed in CNM's single-stream recycling bins:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Copy paper
  • Lids from coffee cups
  • Cardboard
  • Paper envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Tin or steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk jugs

Items that should NOT be placed in CNM recycling bins include:

  • Food wrappers
  • Candy wrappers
  • Bags from chips or snacks
  • Full or partially full plastic bottles
  • Cardboard or paper containing food
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Glass bottles or jars