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RecycleMania kicks off on Jan. 28 for its seventh round

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 24, 2007) -- Forty-two states. More than 200 schools. Only one can be the Grand Champion. Ohio University will get another chance at glory as a player in the fiercest recycling competition in the nation, RecycleMania, which kicks off Jan. 28.

RecycleMania trophy photo by Rick FaticaRecycleMania began in 2001, when Ed Newman, Ohio University's campus recycling manager, teamed up with Stacey Edmonds, Miami University's recycling coordinator, to turn their friendly jabs into a serious competition, pitting bottle against bottle and can against can. 

Campus waste production is no small matter. Every day, Ohio University sends more than five tons of waste to a landfill. According to a trash audit that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources performed in 2005, a whopping 60 percent of this waste is actually recyclable.

Last year, Ohio University finished in 18th place in the Grand Champion event while Cal State San Marcos took the trophy by recording a recycling rate of more than 50 percent. Other contests include largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables, least amount of trash per capita and highest recycling rate. 

This year's competitors span the country, from Alaska to Maine and Hawaii to Florida. The competition in Ohio is stiff with 10 schools competing. Other Mid American Conference schools competing include, Miami University, Bowling Green State University, Western Michigan University, Western Illinois University and Ball State University.

Campus community members can help Ohio University take first place this year by separating recyclable from non-recyclable items in campus facilities such as residence halls, academic buildings, athletic facilities and administrative offices. Items such as bottles, cans, glass, paper and cardboard can be recycled.

RecycleMania runs from Jan. 28 through April 7.

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Contact: Recycling & Refuse Manager Ed Newman at 740-593-0231 or recycle@ohio.edu or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark at 740-597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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