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January 30, 2015 : Talkin’ Trash: RecycleMania Is Here!
Get Caught Green Handed!  Listen up, everyone.  This is your chance to make a real impact upon our environment by getting involved in this year’s RecycleMania. It began nearly 14 years ago as a competition between Ohio University and Miami University to inform the student body about the benefits of recycling.
 
Now, all across the state of Ohio and nationally, colleges and universities are accepting this eight-week challenge to collect as much recyclable materials on their campus. Many of us aimlessly throw our daily trash into the “landfill.” In reality, plenty of those items could be recycled, including glass, metal, and paper products. Throughout the buildings and classrooms on the Southern campus, there are recycle bins for students, staff and faculty to use. And if you’re someone who thinks one person can’t make a difference, consider these fast facts of recycling:
 
Recycling Fact #1:
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for up to three hours
 
Recycling Fact #2:
It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose in a land fill
 
Recycling Fact #3:
Recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
 
Now that you have a better understanding of the significance of recycling, please join our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle here at Ohio University Southern. It’s never too soon to start. When you return to campus next week for classes and activities, take a good look at the recycle bins and begin using them immediately. 
 
We will share our successes with weekly reports on the amount of recyclables collected through the end of March. This friendly competition among colleges and universities will hopefully bring out the green in each of us—on campus and at home. So, the next time you throw your trash away, make the informed decision to recycle. Next week, we hope to catch you “green handed” around the Southern campus and Proctorville Center.