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Campus Recycling announces Battle of the Greens winners

After a month of friendly recycling competition to determine which residence halls could recycle the highest percent of their waste stream, the winners of the 2017 Battle of the Greens are: Voigt Hall for East Green, Smith House for South Green and Boyd Hall for West Green. 

The event was a bigger part of RecycleMania, which was a success, seeing Ohio University finish 43rd in the nation, second in the state and first in the MAC. Ohio University finished with a total diversion rate of 49.56 percent, driven, in part by residence halls’ efforts through the Battle of the Greens. 

On East Green, Voigt Hall narrowly defeated the Lincoln/Biddle site with a recycling rate of 33 percent, compared to 31 percent from Biddle. On South Green, Smith won with the highest rate of any hall on campus, 35 percent and on West Green, Boyd Hall won with a diversion rate of 27 percent edging out 26 percent from Wilson. 

The winning halls are soon to be rewarded and the residents of those halls are excited to have fun. Freshman Max Chizek, who lives in Boyd Hall, enjoyed the competition and was happy to help lead his hall to victory. 

“I think the event was a great way to encourage more people to recycle. I enjoyed participating in the event and I am proud to live in the hall that won,” Chizek said. 

As a member of a winning hall, Chizek and all other winning residents will be rewarded with a food prize. Smith House, the overall winner, will be receiving gift cards.

Battle of The Greens did a great job mobilizing students. Many enjoyed the chance to be recognized for their recycling efforts. Residents of the halls enjoyed the event, and any chance to give back. Luke Picolo, a freshman living in Boyd, felt the competition accomplished its goal.

"I thought that the event was successful in getting more people to recycle. It always feels nice helping the environment,” Picolo said. 

As a whole, Campus Recycling and Zero Waste is happy with how Battle of The Greens turned out and do to the excitement it generated amongst students, we hope it is an event we can continue to sponsor going forward.

This article was provided by Ohio University Campus Recycling and Zero Waste.