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Ohio University enters final week of RecycleMania in fifth place

ATHENS, Ohio (April 8, 2005) -- This is it! This week is the last chance for Ohio University to move up in the RecycleMania standings. Last week, the Bobcats lost more ground to fourth-place Oregon State University, as the Beavers posted 6.27 pounds of recycled items per student living on campus, compared to Ohio's weight of 5.74.

After nine weeks, Ohio University is fifth with a total weight of 49.55 pounds, preceded by fourth-place Oregon State University (51.51).

Defending champion Miami University (59.78) seems poised to win its third RecycleMania title and its second in a row. For the second straight week, the RedHawks outperformed the University of Oregon (56.60) by topping the Ducks, 6.67 to 6.09 pounds per student. Bowling Green State University, the 2002 and 2003 champion of RecycleMania, is third with 52.66 pounds.

In the all-campus recycling competition, Ohio University improved to 10th out of 29 schools with 27.53 percent of its total waste recycled. California State University San Marcos has led the competition wire-to-wire and enters week 10 with a recycling rate of 43.31 percent. Tufts University is second with 40.01, followed by Northwest Missouri State University (35.75) and Kalamazoo College (35.70).

"I'm happy to report that we had our best weight ever during the first week after spring break," said Ohio University Director of Refuse and Recycling Ed Newman. "We are on pace to increase our recycling by more than 10 pounds per student this year, so that also makes me proud. After all, the goal of the competition is to increase recycling."

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

Editors: A photo of the RecycleMania first-place trophy can be found at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/RECYCLEMANIA.JPG

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