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UW Gears Up For National Collegiate Recycling Tournament

Friday, January 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
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 UW Gears Up For National Collegiate Recycling Tournament
SEATTLE, Washington (January 31, 2014)  -  Beginning February 2, The University of Washington will be competing for national recognition in RecycleMania—a friendly tournament in which college campuses compete during the course of eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. The UW will take on nationwide universities, including Pac-12 rivals Arizona State University, University of Oregon and Washington State University. 
Leading the charge for the UW Recycling department is a student committee consisting of 7 students organized by Housing & Food Services and UW Recycling. Promotional activities scheduled to take place at the HUB include a weekly "Get Caught Green-Handed” event in the HUB, in which students that "get caught” recycling and composting correctly have a chance to win a prize. Additionally, a trash-sort will take place on the Husky Lawn to demonstrate what the UW community is sending to the landfill.
Schools compete in 11 categories to see which can recycle the most paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, and food waste on a per capita basis; which can produce the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges. The competition runs through March 29, with final results to be announced on April 11.
To learn more about RecycleMania at UW and their scheduled events, follow them on Facebook or visit the UW RecycleMania events page.
About RecycleMania
RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. Today, RecycleMania is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc. The program is made possible with sponsorship support from the Alcoa Foundation, American Forest & Paper Association, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful with additional program support from the U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). RecycleMania is proud to partner with UNCF Special Programs, the Campus Conservation Nationals, National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). To learn more about RecycleMania, visit
About UW Recycling:
The University of Washington has a comprehensive Recycling & Solid Waste Management Plan. This plan includes waste reduction, waste collection and disposal, administrative oversight and outreach efforts designed to educate the campus community regarding recycling opportunities and services. Recycling at the University is designed to be visible and convenient and to maximize the recovery of waste. For more information, visit:

 Washington State Recycling Association | 545 Andover Park W, Ste 209, Tukwila, WA 98188 | 206.244.0311 |

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