Mount Union Wraps Up RecycleMania

March 21, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union participated in RecycleMania, a nationwide recycling contest among colleges and universities across the country.

The eight-week event takes place each February and March and acts as a benchmarking tool for colleges to support campus recycling programs. Participating institutions report the amount of trash recycled each week and are then ranked in different categories. Colleges are then able to gauge their performance against other colleges and unite their campus to recycle the most.

This year, the University of Mount Union finished in 123rd place out of 269 schools with a recycling rate of 29.23%, an increase of 6% from last year.

This year’s Mount Union RecycleMania slogan is “Bleed purple, live green,” a statement that will hopefully motivate students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation.

Continuing until March 30, RecycleMania can be supported by simply recycling paper (cardboard, paperboard, white paper and newspaper), glass (clear and brown), plastics (#1-7) and cans (soup cans, aluminum cans). Nearly all plastics can be recycled, and all the above items can be recycled as long as they are not contaminated with food or liquid.

Mount Union’s Office of Residence Life increased participation in the competition by holding an on-campus contest among residence halls. The goal is to sustain the amount of trash recycled during the competition throughout the rest of the year.

Nationally, RecycleMania has also seen an increase in the number of colleges and universities participating in the program. When RecycleMania began in 2001, only two schools participated; 201 schools were involved in 2007 and 630 took action in 2011.

Winners of each category in the RecycleMania competition receive national recognition on the program’s website and in a nationwide press release. Winning schools are also provided with an award made of recycled material and the right to host the category’s traveling trophy for a year.

Some other Ohio colleges and universities that participated include Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Marietta College, The Ohio State University, the University of Akron and Youngstown State University.

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