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Bobcats still in the running in Recyclemania competitions

ATHENS, Ohio (March 7, 2006) -- After week four of the sixth annual RecycleMania, Ohio University is staying competitive. Ohio is doing its best in the Per Capita Classic competition.

In the Per Capita Classic, Ohio University is 10th of 87 schools with 17.71 pounds per student. The contest, which measures the pounds of recyclables per student living on campus, has Oregon State University leading the pack with 35.59 pounds per student and California State-San Marcos is second with 31.04 pounds of recyclables per student.

In the Waste Minimization contest, which rewards the school that produces the least amount of municipal solid waste per person, Ohio sits 34th place out of 42 schools with a total of 65.11 pounds of waste per student. First-place Portland State University (14.97) and second-place Point Loma Nazarene University (15.14) lead the pack.

In the overall Grand Champion competition, Point Loma Nazarene University is first with a 46 percent recycling rate, followed by California State University-San Marcos (45.61). This competition will reward the school that does the best overall job in source reduction and recycling. Ohio University is 16th of 44 schools with an average weight of 27.2 pounds per student.

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

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