ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 14, 2006) -- The sixth annual RecycleMania began on Jan. 29, and Ohio University must pick up the pace to climb near the top of the standings in the three competitions.
After the first week in the Per Capita Classic, Ohio University placed 13th of 81 schools with 4.03 pounds per student. The contest, which measures the pounds of recyclables per student living on campus, has Middlebury College leading the pack with 10.67 pounds per student and Oregon State University is second with 8.43 pounds of recyclables per student.
In the Waste Minimization contest, which will reward the school that produces the least amount of municipal solid waste per person, Ohio struggled to a 36th place finish out of 38 schools after recording a total of 22.36 pounds of waste per student. Oklahoma Baptist University (0.33) and Point Loma Nazarene University (3.6) are the early leaders of this competition.
In the overall Grand Champion Competition, which measures the combined total of source reduction and recycling, Ohio University is 27th of 41 schools with an average weight of 18.97 pounds per student. Kalamazoo College is the top school with 50.89 recycling rate. Washington State University is second with 47.18 percent.
The competition ends Saturday, April 8. The winners will be announced the following week.
The primary goal of RecycleMania is to increase campus awareness about recycling. Studies reveal that residence and dining halls typically generate 30 to 70 percent of a campus' total waste, half of which is recyclable.
Miami University won last year's Per Capita Classic title with 66.19 pounds of recycled trash per student living on campus, while the University of Oregon was second with 65.1. Ohio University finished fifth. California State University–San Marcos won the total weight of recyclables collected from the entire campus competition last year with an average of 43.65 percent while Ohio placed 11th.
For more information during the competition, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org or contact Ohio University Manager of Refuse and Recycling Ed Newman at (740) 593-0231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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