For the fifth consecutive year, the University is participating in RecycleMania, a competition among college campuses to determine which can achieve the greatest recycling and waste reduction.

From Feb. 6 through April 2, more than 6 million students and 1.5 million faculty and staff from 630 schools will compete in nine categories, to see who:

Recycles the most on a per-capita basis
Produces the least amount of waste
Recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream.

Colleges and universities from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada engage in RecycleMania, which raises awareness about the significance of waste-reduction programs on campuses.

“This is a spirited event that seeks to involve a broad spectrum of the Suffolk University community,” said Campus Sustainability Coordinator Erica Mattison. “Each year, we strive to surpass the previous year’s performance, and, with more and more schools participating each year, we have our work cut out for us.”

This year, 23 Massachusetts schools are competing in the recycling-rate category.

The University placed in the top 10 percent nationally for recycling rate in 2010,.

“This year, we are challenging ourselves to beat last year’s numbers,” said Mattison. “Concurrently with the national competition, we are running an internal competition to see which academic building and which residence hall can achieve the best recycling rate for February and March combined.”

There are more than a dozen part-time student employees engaged in raising campus awareness about how to reduce waste and participate in recycling and composting.