Apr 19, 2011
By Alyse Lamparyk
According to final RecycleMania results, released Friday, Ohio University's Athens campus finished first among the 10 Mid-American Conference schools participating in the inter-collegiate recycling competition.
Throughout the eight-week contest, OHIO led its MAC rivals in the recycling per capita category, recycling 18.26 pounds of materials per student, staff and faculty member, according to the competition website.
“Our promotions were a bit less aggressive this year, but that didn’t seem to slow the increase in recyclables,” said Recycling and Refuse Manager Ed Newman, who cofounded RecycleMania in 2001 with his counterpart at Miami University.
Ohio University was among 630 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Qatar to compete in the 11th annual RecycleMania competition. Held Feb. 6 through April 2, the challenge pits schools against one another in a race to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Among participants, OHIO was the only school to have five of its regional campuses involved.
According to the RecycleMania website, Ohio University’s Athens campus diverted a total of 500,467 pounds of waste from the landfill, placing 24th out of 363 schools in the Gorilla Prize category, which measures the total weight of recyclables.
Athens improved its cumulative recycling rate to 39.53 percent -- an increase of 10.21 percentage points from the 2010 competition. OHIO also recycled 3.12 pounds more corrugated cardboard per person than in 2010.
Newman said some of the gains can be traced to upgrades to recycling systems in several campus buildings. Upgrades will continue through summer and fall, potentially aiding OHIO's performance in the 2012 competition, he added.
“The main thing is that we keep recycling [and reducing]. This competition enables us to do that and have a little fun along the way,” Newman said.
For complete results, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org.