February 06, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University is competing in the sixth annual RecycleMania, a nationwide intercollegiate recycling competition through April 8. During these 10 weeks, Bucknell will find out how its recycling program measures up against 92 other colleges and universities, including Duke, Yale, Harvard, Villanova and Ohio State.

RecycleMania involves two types of competition. The Per Capita Classic allows schools to compete to collect the most recyclables per campus population. In the Waste Minimalization competition, schools will work to have the least amount of municipal solid waste per campus population.

"We are participating in both competitions for the first time this year. Looking at last year's recycling and waste statistics for Bucknell, we are already competitive and with additional effort, could rally the top universities," said Merritt Pedrick, assistant director of operations for facilities at Bucknell.

Bucknell Facilities and the Environmental Club will be sponsoring activities throughout the competition to educate the campus community about the recycling program.

"The Environmental Club is hoping that RecycleMania will help raise student awareness about how to recycle at Bucknell and why recycling is important. By seeing how Bucknell compares to other schools, both students and administration will be able to realize that we could do a lot better when it comes to recycling," says Jackie Feinberg, president of the Bucknell Environmental Club.

"We feel as awareness of the campus recycling program increases, more will want to participate. RecycleMania estimates that between 30 and 70 percent of all campus waste comes from residence halls or dining halls, and half of that waste can be recycled," said Pedrick.

"This is not a spectator sport; we want the campus to look at, think about and engage in ways that will improve the amount of our trash that is recycled." Bucknell students and staff can find specific locations of outside recycling stations at Documents/Facilities/recyclingmap.pdf Recyclables should be sorted and placed into the appropriate bins.

RecycleMania was created in 2001 as a competition between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on both campuses. Since then, the competition in 2005 has grown to 47 schools and over 11 million pounds of waste recycled. The competition is endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program, the National Recycling Coalition's College and University Recycling Council, and the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program. More than one million students are involved in 33 states including nine in Pennsylvania, which has more colleges participating than any other state.

More information on the competition can be found on the RecycleMania website at http://www.recyclemaniacs.com/


Story posted Feb. 6, 2006


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