RecycleMania 2009 contest starts Jan. 18

RecycleMania returns to Elon this month for the university’s third year taking part in a national recycling competition involving hundreds of college and universities. Leaders hope to surpass the nearly 54 tons of recyclable materials collected last spring on campus during the contest.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to renew their own efforts to make use of the recycling bins around the university. Organizers say it’s not just students being asked to take part in the earth-friendly program.

The program kicks off Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. Officials will monitor the amount of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum collected on campus before reporting their measurements to organizers on a weekly basis ending March 28. The goal of the event is to increase community awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.

Weekly results at Elon will be posted online. Twelve schools in North Carolina have signed up to participate, including Appalachian State, Davidson College, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Schools go head-to-head on per capita statistics. Kalamazoo College was named the top school in 2008 in both the “Grand Champion” and the “Per Capita Classic” for the Whole Campus Division.

“Each of two years Elon participated in the RecycleMania campaign has been a rewarding challenge,” said David Worden, director of environmental services at Elon. “The competitive spirit here and the desire of the Elon community to move forward on sustainable issues is outstanding.”    

Throughout RecycleMania, look for trivia contests on E-Net, campus competitions between residence halls and organizations to see who can recycle the most, and other special events on campus.

For more information, including the history of RecycleMania, visit the web sites to the right of this page.