A mound of plastic bottles collected after just four-weeks of the Recyclemania competition sits within an enclosure on the Athens campus. Ohio University won the competition against colleges in the Mid-American Conference, and claimed 21st place in the ov
Photographer: Samantha Owens
Apr 28, 2014
By Gretchen Gregory and Andrew Ladd
Ohio University has won the RecycleMania competition against colleges in the Mid-American Conference, and claimed 21st place in the overall national competition, which pitted 431 colleges and universities against each other this year.
“These are very stellar results and I’m very impressed by all the efforts the faculty, staff and students put into Recyclemania this year,” said OHIO Recycling and Refuse Manager Andrew Ladd. “The results definitely show everybody’s positive efforts.”
OHIO surpassed its goal of diverting more than three quarters of a million pounds from the landfill during the eight-week competition and recycled a total of 514,803 pounds of standard recyclables such as paper, plastic aluminum and glass. This represents a 21 percent increase over last year. OHIO also composted 203,424 pounds of compostable plates and food and 41,160 pounds of electronics, totaling more than 759,000 pounds of materials in just eight weeks.
OHIO won seven of nine categories in the MAC, including the three primary categories of Grand Champion, Per Capita Classic and Gorilla Prize.
“It is a privilege to be part of a community such as OHIO University that takes our commitment to recycling and sustainability so seriously,” Ladd said. “OHIO has set a goal to reach an 80 percent recycling rate by 2016 and as this year’s RecycleMania results show, we are well on our way to achieving our goal.”
With the help of millions of students across the nation, RecycleMania participants in every state and several provinces in Canada collectively recycled and composted 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 24,823 cars.