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University posts second-best weight during week seven of RecycleMania

ATHENS, Ohio (March 30, 2005) -- Week seven of RecycleMania was moving week in more ways than one for Ohio University. With students moving out of their residence hall rooms for spring break, the Bobcats posted the week's second-best weight of 6.87 pounds of waste per student living on campus. Despite the great week, Ohio University remains fifth with a total weight of 38.80 pounds, but closed the gap on fourth-place Oregon State University (38.96).

Defending champion Miami University (47.32) was sent back to second place after one week on top when the University of Oregon (48.89) posted the competition's best weight of 8.17 pounds per student. Bowling Green State University ranks third with 39.66 pounds.

The good week also moved Ohio University up in the standings of the all-campus recycling competition. Ohio University improved two places to 13th out of 28 schools with 25.54 percent of its total waste recycled. California State University San Marcos leads the competition with a recycling rate of 43.30 percent. Tufts University is second with (38.55).

"We are in the last two weeks," said Ohio University Director of Refuse and Recycling Ed Newman. "We need more great weeks to catch third-place Bowling Green State, but I'm excited about the opportunity. I hope we saved our best for the end just like our men's basketball team."

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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Media Contacts: Ohio University Refuse and Recycling Manager Ed Newman, (740) 593-0460, or Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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