ATHENS, Ohio – As the competition nears the halfway point, Ohio University remained in fifth place out of 33 schools after week four of RecycleMania 2005 with a total of 21.77 recycled pounds of waste per student living on campus. The Bobcats trail the University of Oregon (27.08), defending champion Miami University (26.79), 2003 champion Bowling Green State University (23.75) and newcomer Oregon State University 23.01) in the standings. Ohio University recorded a fourth-week rate of 5.16 pounds per student, the sixth-best average of the week.
In the first year of the all-campus recycling competition, Ohio slid down one spot to rank 15th out of 28 competing schools with 24.87 percent of its total waste recycled. California State University San Marcos is running away from the competition with a recycling rate of 42.53 percent. Tufts University is a distant second with 37.70 percent.
The primary goal of RecycleMania is to increase awareness about recycling and involve the entire campus in the university’s recycling program. Studies have shown that university and college residence and dining halls typically generate 30 to 70 percent of a campus’ total waste, half of which is recyclable.
The institution that recycles the most pounds per student living on campus during the 10-week showdown is the winner. The winning school of the residence hall competition will receive the RecycleMania trophy and a congratulatory half-page ad in all of the other participating schools’ newspapers. The winner of the all-campus recycling competition will receive the Bowling Pin Character from Junk Trophy.
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Media Contact: Ohio University Refuse and Recycling Manager Ed Newman, (740) 593-0460, or Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 593-1794