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RecycleMania 2007 halftime update
Ohio University is a leader among Ohio schools for per capita recycling  

ATHENS, Ohio (March 15, 2007) -- Through the first half of RecycleMania 2007, Ohio University continues to be a leader among the eight Ohio schools competing in the Per Capita Classic competition. The competitions that comprise RecycleMania kicked off Jan. 28 with twice as many schools involved this year -- there are 200 schools participating compared to the 93 last year.

The Ohio schools' per capita scores
Ohio and MAC schoolsPer capita lbs in five weeks
Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio University9.37
Western Illinois 8.20
Youngstown State 7.97
Ball State 6.72
Western Michigan 6.20
Northwest State Comm. Coll. 3.69
Wright State 2.71
University of Cincinnati 1.55
Bowling Green State Univ. 0.80
Peer schools  
Univ. of NC-Chapel Hill
Washington State Univ. 12.07
Clemson 8.52
Univ. of Tennessee 8.06
Univ. of Missouri 3.24

This national recycling competition started as a friendly rivalry between Ohio University and Miami in 2001 in efforts to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.

Ed Newman, Ohio University's refuse and recycling manager and creator of RecycleMania connected with Stacy Edmonds Wheeler, his counterpart at Miami, in February 2001.

"We were both experiencing similar situations and problems in trying to motivate residence hall students to recycle. Stacy and I put a competition together and made it happen; it was a collaborative effort. We were only trying to have a successful competition and the rest just took off," Newman said.

In 2004, RecycleMania partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program to enhance and expand the competition, and the initiative won the National Recycling Coalition's Outstanding Recycling Innovation Award.

During RecycleMania's 10-week period, campuses compete in eight different contests to see which institution can collect the most recyclables per capita, the most total recyclables, and/or the least amount of trash per capita (the highest recycling rate).

Of particular interest to Newman is the Per Capita Classic, which is the competition that RecycleMania started with. Among the Ohio schools that measure recycling within the entire campus community, Ohio University has been involved in several lead changes with Ohio Wesleyan in that competition. Ohio State University and Miami measure smaller portions of campus recycling, which skews up their scores. Even with that advantage, Ohio University is readily beating Ohio State.

Miami, with a partial count scoring advantage, is competing for the overall top spot in the nation along with the University of Oregon, West LA Community College, Rutgers and Kalamazoo College. Ohio University is in 64th place overall in the per capita competition.

In the end, RecycleMania helps all participating colleges and universities make achievements in recycling and waste reduction. About 70 percent of what Ohio University faculty, staff and students throw away is still recyclable. If the campus recycled half of that 70 percent, Ohio University would take the nation in per-capita recycling.

"Everyone has to do their part; this isn't a spectator sport. All faculty, staff, administrators and students are part of the team," Newman said.

For more information and to catch up on the weekly results visit www.recyclemaniacs.org.  The competition will be finished April 7. 

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