Cadets score in collegiate recycling competition

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Falcon sports fans got a “twofer” at a mens' basketball home game this month when geospatial science majors hosted a recycling campaign in Clune Arena.

Senior cadets Shahana Gray, Boreth Peck, Justin Wilmoth and Morgan Ustick competed in Campus Race to Zero Waste, a campaign pitting U.S. universities against each other to recycle the most rubbish.

The team coordinated with the Academy’s sustainability manager, Daniela Lawrence, athletics department staff, the department of economics and geosciences, and the 10th Civil Engineering Squadron.

The cadets’ goal for the recycling binge was to create a system to collect recyclable trash from sports fans and eliminate contamination, “the bane of the recycling world,” Lawrence said.

During the Feb. 5 basketball game, volunteers directed spectators to a series of recycle bins to decrease contamination and collected 200 pounds of plastic, aluminum and cardboard.

The New Mexico Lobos defeated the Falcons 91-77, but it’s safe to say Clune Arena is cleaner for the cadets’ efforts.