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February 08, 2013 : RecycleMania 2013 Begins at Ohio University's Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – RecycleMania is underway at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus and the Pickerington Center.Students are being asked to sign on and pledge their support to the effort from the very beginning. The officials start date for the tournament was February 3.


Phi Theta Kappa, the OUL academic honor society, hosted "RecycleMania Pledge Day" with an information booth in the North Lobby of Brasee Hall on Thursday to kick off the event.  Students were asked to sign up and pledge to contribute to the recycling initiatives on campus.


"Today, we're taking signatures to pledge to recycle here at school and off campus, when you can," said Candace Burns, Phi Theta Kappa member. 'We want to keep our earth green and reduce our footprint."


Students who signed their names received a RecycleMania button or a RecycleMania pen. The pen was made from recycled newspaper.


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RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an eight-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.  With each week's updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.


"Last year, the Ohio University Lancaster Campus finished first in a couple of RecycleMania categories," said Burns."We would like to do well in the competition again."


The goal for the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center is 80,000 pounds. The event ends March 30. Winners will be announced April 12.