Recycling at CNM and RecycleMania

It’s time to step up your recycling, Suncats!

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RecycleMania 2019 is here!

RecycleMania (#CNMRecycle) is an 8-week, campus-wide, hands-on learning project centered on recycling in the Spring terms. It  “is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.”  It consists of weekly educational events, service learning projects, a national competition, a case study, and an educational Grande Finale. 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. There are a number of ways in which CNM members can get involved. Please see 2019 Schedule of Events below. Questions? Contact Molly at

Recyclemania Grand Finale 

March 21 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Main Campus SMITH BRASHER HALL

Visit the Auditorium & Lobby  to learn about the social, economic and human health issues related to waste and recyclables. At the event you will find activities such as a pledge to refill your water bottle (first 100 students get a stainless steel bottle!), a recycled art fair, and expert speakers! To learn more, click on the 2019 Schedule of Events link below.

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 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 recycle 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