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Bigger and better RecycleMania 2006 begins Jan. 29

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 26, 2006) -- The sixth annual RecycleMania contest begins on Sunday, Jan. 29, with more than 90 schools competing. The competition ends Saturday, April 8. The winners will be announced the following week.

'Trophy Man' photo by Rick FaticaThe 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. This year all faculty, staff, administrators and students are the team. Everyone doing their part in recycling will help boost Ohio to the top of the pack.

"RecycleMania has grown every year," Ohio University's Recycling and Refuse Manager Ed Newman said. "Last year we had less than 50 schools, now we have almost 100. The competition gets more exciting each year, and if Ohio University is going to stay near the top of the standings, everyone on campus will have to do his or her part."

This year participants have the option of competing in three different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables, the least amount of trash, and have the highest recycling rate. All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds.

The winning school of the Per Capita Classic will receive the original RecycleMania trophy. This competition annually awards the school that recycles the most pounds per student living on campus.

Some of the most targeted recyclable items are paper, metal cans, brown and clear glass, magazines and catalogues, plastic bottles, newspaper and cardboard.

In addition to the recycling competition for the students living on campus, there will be a new Waste Minimization competition. Schools will compete to see who can generate the lowest waste per capita, which includes both trash and recycling. This competition will emphasize reuse and reduction. The winner of this competition will receive the Bowling Pin Character from Junk Trophy.

Another new addition is the awarding of a trophy to the Grand Champion of the competition, which is the school that does the best in both competitions. A new trophy is being developed to give to the first winner of this competition.

For the second straight year, students from WOUB-TV in Athens will create promotional spots fashioned after the station's popular high school football show, "Gridiron Glory." The spots will air on WOUB and on the video boards inside the Convocation Center during athletic events. The RecycleMania mascot, a human garbage can, will be seen around campus, as will an assortment of banners, PSAs, videos and other promotional materials.

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 pounds. 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 with Ohio placed 11th. For more information and updates during the competition, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org or contact Ed Newman at (740) 593-0231 or newmane@ohio.edu.

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

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

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