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Recycling Competition Starts Wednesday

February 6, 2012

The University of Wyoming is once again competing in RecycleMania, a friendly competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities among their campus communities.

The competition officially starts Wednesday, Feb. 5, and continues until Saturday, March 31. During that time, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. In turn, they are ranked in various categories based on recycling amounts per capita; recycling rate as a percentage of total waste; and the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

"With each week's updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campuses to reduce and recycle more," says Tod Scott, UW waste stream manager.  "Last year, UW collected more than 181,000 pounds of recyclables during the eight-week competition and, if everyone helps, we can do even more this year."

Last year, more than 630 colleges competed, with more expected this year. More information can be found at

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