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UW Joins Recycling Competition

January 28, 2013
Man sorting boxes
Josh Quick, a materials handler with UW Waste Services, gathers cardboard for recycling at the Bureau of Mines Building. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming is once again competing in the RecycleMania competition.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities, says Tod Scott, UW waste stream manager. The pre-season started Jan. 20; the official competition runs Feb. 3-March 30.

During an eight-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and, in turn, are ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis. They also are ranked based on which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste, and which schools generate 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 campus to reduce and recycle more,” Scott says.” Last year, UW collected more than 160,000 pounds of recyclables during competition and, with everyone’s help, we can do even more this year.”

Last year, more than 650 colleges competed and more are expected this year. More information about the competition can be found at For the location of bins and other UW recycling information, visit

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