By UW Recycling | Jan 31, 2024
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Campus Race to Zero Waste (CRZW) starts this week at the University of Washington! The UW will participate in the friendly recycling and waste reduction competition between colleges and universities for the twelfth year. As part of CRZW, UW Recycling is organizing activities to focus on good waste sorting practices. Here are some ways you can get involved.

Take part in trivia week

Show off your recycling knowledge with our trivia week on social media! Watch UW Recycling’s Instagram stories February 12-16 for a chance to answer daily trivia. One person with the correct answer each day will be randomly selected to receive a giveaway!

Get creative with trash

UW Recycling’s annual Trash Art Contest is back again. Students, staff and faculty can create and submit art piece based off items normally thought of as waste.

Contest categories include: 2D art, 3D art, textile art and literature. Winners will receive $100 or $50 e-gift cards. The contest opens mid-February. Winning pieces will be displayed in an exhibit in Odegaard Undergraduate Library in April. 

Check out our previous winners from 2023!

Other activities happening on campus

Staff in the Housing & Food Services Sustainability Committee will be conducting a waste sort event on February 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The goal of the event is to demonstrate effective waste sorting and provide education on the impacts of waste management to members of the UW community.

About Campus Race to Zero Waste

Campus Race to Zero Waste (previously RecycleMania) runs for 8 weeks from February to March. Over 1,100 colleges have participated nationwide! The UW’s waste will not be tracked this year. Instead, the University hosts activities promoting waste reduction.