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Bobcats climb to fourth in 'RecycleMania 2005' competition

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 18, 2005) -- Ohio University is in fourth place out of 33 schools after week two of RecycleMania 2005 with a total of 11.6 recycled pounds of waste per student living on campus. The Bobcats trail the University of Oregon (13.98), defending champion Miami University (13.11) and competition newcomer Oregon State University (12.08) in the standings. Ohio University recorded a first-week rate of 4.92 pounds per student, which placed it sixth.

In the first year of the all campus recycling competition, Ohio is in 13th place among the 28 competing schools with 25.26 percent of its total waste recycled. California State University San Marcos holds the top spot with a recycling rate of 42.89 percent.

"We had an awesome week," said Ohio University Refuse and Recycling Manager Ed Newman. "I'm excited about our week 2 recycling performance. However, we need to continue to improve our numbers because 70 percent of recyclables are still being thrown in the trash dumpsters."

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

Editor's Note: A picture of the RecycleMania trophy can be found at: www.ohio.edu/news/pix/RECYCLEMANIA.JPG

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