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RecyleMania: Campus Community Urged to Recycle

February 7, 2011

The University of Wyoming once again is participating in RecycleMania, a national recycling competition among more than 600 colleges and universities, says Jill Lovato, UW sustainability committee co-chair. The contest started Feb. 6 and continues until April 2.

"We measure and report all the paper, bottles and cans and cardboard we collect and compare the totals with the other schools," she says. "UW recycles about 900,000 pounds of materials per year."

Last year UW informally competed with other Mountain West schools, BYU and CSU. This year, SDSU, UNLV and Utah are also competing. Results are recorded weekly and updates can be found at

"Those of us who haven't been consistent in recycling our magazines, papers, and plastic bottles are the key team members who can move us up in the rankings," Lovato says.

Items that can be recycled on campus include:

-- All paper, including fluorescent colors;

-- Newspapers, phonebooks, magazines and other glossy paper;

-- Corrugated cardboard;

-- Clear, brown and green glass bottles;

-- Aluminum and steel cans;

-- All plastic soda and water bottles, milk jugs and other number 1 and 2 plastics;

-- Ink cartridges (just put in a recycling paper bin);

For a map of recycling locations on campus, visit

UW Waste Stream Manager Tod Scott sorts some of the 900,000 pounds of materials UW recycles during the year.

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