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Student Sarah Maj paints the graffiti wall

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The graffiti wall after the RecycleMania paint job

Photo courtesy of: Recycling and Refuse

RecycleMania 2013

Students Ben Buchanan and Jimmy Webster paint the graffiti wall

Photo courtesy of: Recycling and Refuse

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OHIO's RecycleMania efforts dominating MAC

After three weeks of the RecycleMania 2013 contest, Ohio University is sweeping the Mid-American Conference competition away.

Ohio University's Athens campus is vying for the lead spot among MAC participants, especially in the main categories of per capita recycling and overall tonnage recovered, and the top 32 overall.

Through the first two weeks of RecycleMania, the University recycled 155,506 pounds of the targeted materials and 38,400 pounds of food scraps, representing a 42.25 percent recovery rate or an average of 3.66 pounds per person per week.

Targeted materials include paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, steel and plastic.

"I think it's a great awareness building opportunity to bring recycling into the common lexicon and to help build recycling as a habit for those who don't already recycle," said OHIO's Recycling and Refuse Manager Andrew Ladd.

Ladd attributes the University's immediate success to a records purge that University Archivist and Records Manager Bill Kimok facilitated with Information Destruction Services. Kimok recycled more than 59,000 pounds of paper from the Library Annex.

"I encourage other staff and faculty to follow Bill’s lead and undertake any office or record clean outs as part of Recyclemania," said Ladd. To further promote a campus-wide cleanse, the University's Recycling and Refuse Department arranged to waive fees for most non-confidential recycling from departments or programs during RecycleMania.

The next RecycleMania special event is the Game Day challenge at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 home basketball game against the University of Akron. The new category compares schools based on the recycling and waste minimization efforts made during a home basketball game.

"I'm most looking forward to it as an example of how recycling and composting can be successful at an event of that scale," said Ladd. "We can use the Game Day challenge as a model for growing the sustainability of campus events in the future."

The Recycling and Refuse Department is in search of volunteers from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that night to help educate game attendees on recycling, said Ladd.
OHIO is one of more than 630 schools representing 49 states and four Canadian provinces in the 13th annual intercollegiate recycling tournament.

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