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Bobcats hold steady in second week of RecycleMania competition

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2006) -- After week two of the sixth annual RecycleMania, Ohio University is still within striking distance in the Per Capita Classic competition.

After the second week in the Per Capita Classic, Ohio University remained 13th of 84 schools with 8.79 pounds per student, up from 4.03 last week. The contest, which measures the pounds of recyclables per student living on campus, has Middlebury College leading the pack with 21.33 pounds per student and Oregon State University is second with 17.26 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 sits 39th place out of 42 schools with a total of 44.86 pounds of waste per student. Point Loma Nazarene University (7.43) and Colorado State University (7.92) are the early leaders.

In the overall Grand Champion Competition, Kalamazoo College is the frontrunner with a 48.26 recycling rate, followed by California State University-San Marcos (44.74). The competition will reward the school that does the best overall job in source reduction and recycling. Ohio University is currently 23rd of 43 schools with an average weight of 23.96 pounds per student.

The competition ends Saturday, April 8, with the winners 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.

For more information, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org or contact Ohio University Manager of Refuse and Recycling Ed Newman at (740) 593-0231 or newmane@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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