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UCM Joins Nationwide 'Recyclemania' Competition

Contact :Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 27, 2009) – UCM joins the ranks of colleges and universities around the globe as a participant in RecycleMania, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

During a ten week period ending March 27, participating schools will report data regarding on-campus recycling programs. These programs then are ranked according to which collect more recyclables per capita, more total recyclables, less trash per capita, or which have the higher recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate in comparison to other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce waste and recycle more.

Beginning Jan. 29, data will be posted weekly on the RecycleMania web site.

UCM’s campus recycling program was kicked off during the summer of 2009 by UCM students Manny Abarca and Nick McDaniels. What started as a pilot program on the central campus has been expanded into the residence halls and other campus buildings.  Recently, the campus set a new record for the week of Jan. 18-22, recycling 7.98 tons, exceeding the average of 4 to 5 tons per week.

“Participating in this program sets forth that we are a green campus, but the real importance is seeing the results, which will show how we are doing compared to other universities our size,” McDaniels said.

For more information about recycling on the UCM campus, contact McDaniels.