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Source: Joe Myers, okia@k-state.edu, 785-532-1794
Web: http://www.k-state.edu/recycling/
News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415, may@k-state.edu

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

K-STATE PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL RECYCLING EFFORT FOR SECOND YEAR

MANHATTAN -- RecycleMania has returned to Kansas State University. The annual event started this week and runs through March 27.

"Last year, due to the campus community's efforts and K-State's recycling team, K-State collected approximately 200,000 pounds of recyclables during the annual 10 week event," said Joe Myers, physical plant supervisor in facilities.

"With everyone's help, we will surpass last year's total."

RecycleMania is described as a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste-reduction activities in their campus communities. There are 585 schools registered for the 2010 RecycleMania competition, all listed on the RecycleMania Web page: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/overview.htm

K-State will be participating in the Per Capita Classic part of RecycleMania, which involves the most basic format and should be the easiest to carry out for most universities, Myers said. Schools compete to see who can collect the most combined recyclables per person. To participate, schools report weekly their total weights for paper, cardboard and beverage containers, either separately or combined. The figure calculated for comparison will be the total weight of recyclables divided by the campus population.

More information on recycling at K-State is available on the Web at: http://www.k-state.edu/recycling/