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WIU Participating in Recyclemania 2019

March 6, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University is in the middle of an eight-week recycling competition with 600 other schools nationwide.

Recyclemainia runs through Saturday, March 30 and this is the 12th year WIU has participated. An educational component of the program was held in September 2018.

Through the competition, recyclables collected from the residence halls will be weighed by WIU building service workers and employees of Waste Management, the University's waste contractor.

Prizes will be awarded based on the highest recycling rates.

In 2018, the program recycled 69.9 million pounds of recycling and food waste nationwide.

WIU also operates through numerous other sustainable practices, including conversion to LED lighting, boiler tuneups, building automations and pipe insulation.

RecycleMania began in February 2001, when Ed Newman from Ohio University, and Stacy Edmonds Wheeler, from Miami University, decided something had to be done to increase recycling in the residence and dining halls on their campuses. During the inaugural 10-week competition, Miami University and Ohio University battled to see which school could recycle the most. Western has participated in RecycleMania since 2006.

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