Georgia Southern University Kicks Off its 2014 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition

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14th Annual Competition Focuses on Student Engagement    

 Statesboro, GA (February 3, 2014) – Georgia Southern University has successfully kicked off its participation in the 2014 RecycleMania tournament, the national competition in which college campuses compete over eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.

In addition to Georgia Southern University, hundreds of schools and millions of students, faculty, and staff will be participating across the U.S. and Canada. Schools compete in 11 categories to see which recycles 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. Additional categories recognize successful recycling at home basketball games and call attention to the recyclability of film plastic and scrap electronics. The competition runs through March 30.

Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges.

During RecycleMania, students, faculty and staff at Georgia Southern can expect to win prizes and public recognition if they are “Caught Green Handed” in the act of recycling.  Those seen refilling reusable coffee or tea mugs on campus may discover their “Mug Shot” on social media and in the paper.  In addition, the Center for Sustainability and its partners will create a greenhouse from plastic water bottles to promote the re-use of recyclable materials.

“RecycleMania is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about our campus recycling program as well as waste reduction and conservation issues in general. And, of course, it’s also fun”, said Christina Beslin, Graduate Assistant for The Center for Sustainability.

“RecycleMania is exciting because it builds on traditional college rivalries by adding recycling to the list of things that schools can brag about when it comes to their archrivals,” said Stacy Wheeler, president of RecycleMania, Inc. ”The competition aspect of the event makes it fun and helps to encourage everyone on the entire campus to make recycling a part of their daily routines.”

In 2013, 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered at Georgia Southern University, which prevented the release of greenhouse gases comparable to the carbon sequestered by 99,535 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

Top schools in the 2013 competition included University of Missouri Kansas City in the Grand Champion category; California State University San Marcos, in the Per Capita Classic; and Valencia College, which won the Waste Minimization category for the second straight year.

“Encouraging waste reduction and recycling among college students is crucial to building and sustaining vibrant communities, both on campuses and beyond,” said Keep America Beautiful’s Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling.  “Supporting Recyclemania is a key component of KAB’s efforts to improve recycling on college campuses.”

The competition is made possible with the continued sponsorship support of the Alcoa Foundation, the American Forest & Paper Association, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA Tissue. Georgia Southern University’s participation in RecycleMania is made possible in part by Student Sustainability Fees.

A complete list of participants can be found at RecycleManiacs.org. For more information about Georgia Southern University’s RecycleMania program, contact the Center for Sustainability at cfs@georgiasouthern.edu or by phone 912-478-5895.

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 www.recyclemania.org.

About Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu

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