BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California State University Bakersfield participated for the second time in the annual "Recycle Mania" competition, where the ultimate goal is simple: re-use, reduce, recycle.
"It's part of our commitment to reducing our carbon foot print," said Horace Mitchell, president of California State University Bakersfield.
Students were put to the test during an event called "dumpster diving," where they had to go through a pile of trash to determine which items they can and cannot recycle.
"It opens people's eyes to how many bags they actually use and throw away instead of recycling," said Vanessa Cofield, a member of the CSUB Associated Students Inc. "Just a big eye-opener and it let's students know - become more aware - about other things they can recycle instead of bottles and cans"
The nation-wide student-led contest puts colleges against one another to see who can recycle and reduce the most waste.