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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.



Please continue to help the environment by continuing to recycle all year round. Together, we can make a difference!

RecycleMania is an annual recycling competition among colleges and universities nationwide.

Participating institutions measure the weight of the recyclable materials collected each week and gage that against other participating schools to create a fun and friendly competitive atmosphere surrounding the event.

Quite simply, the real purpose of RecycleMania is to educate and gain exposure to the importance of recycling, waste reduction, and overall campus sustainability.­
Quite simply, the real purpose of RecycleMania is to educate and gain exposure to the importance of recycling, waste reduction, and overall campus sustainability.

This is achieved through engaging the students, faculty and staff in fun activities which illustrate the volume of waste reduction achieved for the duration of the event.

The metrics produced and recorded during this period provide the campus community a measurable sense of the waste reduction achieved through concerted recycling efforts.

Our hope is that this event will continue to grow into a campus wide campaign that could possibly be incorporated into some academic courses and a renewed commitment to campus recycling and living sustainably.

Participation by students, faculty and staff is easy. Just remember to recycle everything permissible while on campus into the blue recycling containers. This recyclable material will be collected each week, weighed, and the data recorded prior to deposition into the recycling dumpster. The data collected will be graphically illustrated on campus and updated each week in order to track progress and the end result of recycling.

Also remember, all OUS facilities are participating including Ironton, Proctorville Center, Ohio Horse Park, OUS Child Development Center, Nature Center, and Business and Resource Training Center in South Point. We need everyone to do their part.
Students interested in participating in the behind the scenes efforts of RecycleMania can visit the Office of Facilities Management located in the Collins Building for more information or call 740.533.4618.