ATHENS, Ohio ? At the halfway point of the RecycleMania 2005 competition, Ohio University remains fifth with a weight of 26.58 recycled pounds of waste per student living on campus. The Bobcats outperformed fourth-place Oregon State University (27.78) last week by .04 pounds after recording a weight of 4.87 pounds, the sixth-highest number last week.
The University of Oregon (33.96) leads defending champion Miami University (33.95) by the slimmest of margins. The 2003 champion, Bowling Green State University, ranks third with 29.78.
In the first year of the all-campus recycling competition, Ohio University remains 15th out of 28 schools with 24.50 percent of its total waste recycled. California State University San Marcos is dominating the competition with a recycling rate of 42.50 percent. Tufts University is second with 38.79 percent.
?I?m optimistic about our chances of moving up in the standings because spring break will provide us with a chance to make up ground,? said Ohio University Recycling and Refuse Manager Ed Newman, a co-founder of the annual RecycleMania event. ?We are halfway through the event, so everyone needs to focus on doing more during the second half of the competition. If everyone recycles everything they can before leaving town, Ohio University will have a great chance to significantly move up in both competitions.?
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.
For more information, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org.
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