UW-Stout News Story

Raising awareness is key component of Recyclemania competition

February 14, 2012

For the sixth straight year, UW-Stout is competing in Recyclemania, a friendly competition among universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to promote recycling and reduction of waste on campuses.

The eight-week competition began Feb. 5. Last year, 630 schools participated, representing 7.5 million students, faculty and staff. Schools compete in various categories, such as who recycles the most per capita or who recycles the most paper.

UW-Stout is planning at least two events during the competition to raise awareness about recycling. During the week of Feb. 26, students from instructor Krista James’ Biology 111 class will provide education at the Memorial Student Center about what items should be put in the new composting, recycling and trash containers.

Other biology faculty involved with Recyclemania include Charles Bomar, Arthur Kneeland and Jim Church.

In March, student organizers Camille Thorson, of Edina, Minn., and Landen Rimestead, of Amery, will organize a trash blitz. The event will involve dumping garbage on a plastic liner on the campus mall and separating items that should have been composted or recycled.

For more information, go to http://www.recyclemaniacs.org or contact Sarah Rykal, UW-Stout environmental sustainability coordinator, at 715-232-5254 or rykals@uwstout.edu.

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