Elon University continues to show improvements in recycling over last year's levels as RecycleMania 2008, a 10-week nationwide contest involving hundreds of colleges and universities, enters its third week.
Through Week 2, the Elon has captured 18,240 pounds of recyclable materials, surpassing prior year figures by 4,060 pounds. The most recent week weighed in with a total of 9,720 pounds (versus 8,090 pounds just a year ago). In the plastic, aluminum and glass category, Elon grabbed 2,120 pounds (versus 1,720 pounds a year ago).
Although not a huge producer, paper is still being recycled at a higher rate with 1,980 pounds captured in Week 2 (versus 1,550 pounds last year). Cardboard rounds it out with 5,620 pounds being saved from the landfill, versus 4,820 pounds just one year ago.
RecycleMania 2008 Contest Results:
Per Capita Classic
Overall: Elon placed No. 81 out 155 reported entries with a 2.72 lb per capita weight volume.
State: Elon placed No. 2 out of 5 behind UNC.
Southern Conference: Elon is No. 2 out of the three entries sitting behind Wofford and ahead of Furman.
Private Schools: Elon ranked No. 50 out of the 78 entries.
Targeted Materials – Aluminum/Plastic/Glass
Overall: Elon placed No. 35 out of 140 entries with a .70 lb per capita weight volume.
State: Elon fell to 2nd out the 6 entries. Davidson has the lead with a .91 lb per capita weight.
Southern Conference: Elon sits at No. 2 out of 4 entries.
Private Schools: Elon comes in No. 27 out of the 61 entries this week.
Targeted Materials – Cardboard
Overall: Elon is No. 41 this week out of the 135 entries with a 1.44 lb per capita weight volume.
State: Elon is No. 3 out of 6 behind Davidson with a 2.74 lb volume and UNC with a 2.63 weight volume.
Southern Conference: Elon holds on to second place out of the 4 entries.
Private Schools: Elon placed No. 27 out of 61 reported entries.
Targeted Materials – Paper
Overall: Elon is No. 107 out of 139 entries with a .58 lb per capita weight volume.
State: Elon is No. 5 out of 7 schools.
Southern Conference: Elon is No. 3 out of 4.
Private Schools: Elon placed No. 55 out of the 67 entries this week.
Again, numbers change as schools report in. The current trend for Elon looks strong in surpassing last year’s overall weight volume of 94,318 pounds.
Check E-Net often for the latest updates on Elon’s progress in the competition.
– Information compiled and supplied to E-net by David Worden, manager of environmental services at Elon.