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UW Joins Recycling Competition

February 3, 2014
Two people picking up recycling bins
UW Recycling employees Alex Smith (left) and Kyle Joyner load the recycling truck after emptying the bins near the Landmark Village apartments. (UW Recycling Photo)

The University of Wyoming has set its sights on the 2014 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 Jim Goodman, UW recycling supervisor. The official competition runs Feb. 2-March 30, with summary information provided weekly.

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 which university recycles the most on a per-capita basis. They also are ranked based oan which schools have the best recycling rates 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,” Goodman says. “Last year, UW collected more than 144,000 pounds of recyclables during competition and, with everyone’s help, we can do even more this year.”

“The Wyoming Union will post a banner that updates the progress throughout the competition,” says Kim Zafft, the union’s associate director. “We hope the banner will inspire students to engage in this fun and worthwhile competition.” The Wyoming Union donated the banner and staff members to update results.

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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