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Binghamton University competes in RecycleMania

By : Karen Fennie

During the next 10 weeks, Binghamton University will compete with colleges and universities across the country to see which institution can recycle the most bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.

The contest, RecycleMania, began on Jan. 30 and runs until Earth Day — April 20. Additional recycling containers will be available in residential halls and dining facilities across campus. Information about RecycleMania will also be posted at various locations on campus.

Working with Physical Facilities’ Office of Recycling and Resource Management, the student-led competition is part of a national effort to raise student awareness about campus recycling and to increase recycling participation on campus.

“I’m excited to compete against other universities, including the Ivy League uni-versities Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth,” said Tom Dobrydney, an environmental studies major. Dobrydney is a senior working with Physical Facilities and spearheading the effort on behalf of Binghamton students.

RecycleMania began in 2001 when the environmental coordinators at two Ohio universities began a competition to raise awareness about recycling. The contest is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition. Participating schools report measure-ments on a weekly basis in pounds recycled per student living on campus, as well as the overall recycling rate for the University. Students, staff and faculty will be involved in the competition. The university or college that recycles the most during the 10-week period will be awarded a RecycleMania trophy and will also get a half-page ad in each competing schools’ student newspaper. There are 49 colleges and universities participating in the contest this year — up from last year’s 17.

RecyleMania is part of a broad effort at Binghamton to reduce the University’s waste stream. Last semester, a recycling pilot program that began with the Dickinson Community was expanded to every residential community on campus and a recycling truck was purchased to improve collection efforts.

As a result of the emphasis on recycling last year, nine tons of material was collected at the end of the spring semester as part of an initiative to recycle materials left behind by departing students, the University increased by 10 percent the amount of recycled materials purchased by the campus last year and battery and ink jet cartridge recycling programs were expanded.

More information about RecycleMania, including other institutions in the competition, is available at http://www.re-cyclemani-acs.org/index.htm. If you have questions, would like an additional recycling container or are interested in helping with the effort, e-mail recycle@bing-hamton.edu.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08