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WIU Participating in Recyclemania 2020

February 10, 2020


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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University is participating in Recyclemania 2020, an eight-week recycling competition among other colleges and universities across the country.

WIU began Recyclemania Feb. 2 and will run through Saturday, March 28. This will be WIU's 13th year participating in this nation-wide event.

Throughout the competition, recyclables will be collected from all over campus to be weighed by WIU Building Service Workers and employees of Waste Management, the University's waste contractor.

The schools with the highest recycling rates are recognized nationally through various categories and the purpose of Recyclemania is to raise awareness for waste reduction, as well as help introduce waste management and advance campus recycling efforts.

In 2019, the program recycled 69.5 million pounds of recycling and food waste nationwide.

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.

To learn more about WIU and their sustainability initiatives, visit wiu.edu/vpas/sustainability. For more information on Recyclemania, visit recyclemania.org.

Posted By: Hayley Porter (hp-porter@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations