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University participates in recycling competition

By Jay Preston
On March 5, 2014

ETSU will be participating in the nationwide 2014 RecycleMania Tournament.
The tournament is an eight-week competition and benchmarking tool for colleges and universities that allows higher education recycling programs the opportunity to better understand the amount of recycling and waste their colleges or universities produce.
The tournament will be held from Feb. 2-March 29.
Outside of acting as a means for recycling programs to compare themselves to similar programs, the tournament also gives college and university recycling programs the opportunity to promote waste-reducing activities on their campuses. Colleges and universities will be ranked based on the amount of recycling and waste they collect each week.
Through the updated weekly ranking, participating schools will be able to follow their performance against other schools and use the results to promote and rally their campuswide recycling effort.
In addition to participating in RecycleMania, the university hosts a recycling competition for residence halls.
RecycleMania has gathered support from many students on campus.
"I, personally, try to continuously recycle, but the RecycleMania event is a great thing in my opinion," sophomore Chris McCollum said. "Anything promoting a cleaner greener lifestyle here on campus is fantastic."
While some students plan to participate in the event, others seem to know very little about it.
"To be perfectly honest, I didn't know that RecycleMania was even taking place," freshman Connor Shedd said. "It sounds like a great competition for our school to be involved in, but as someone who doesn't currently live on campus, it doesn't concern me at all, and I'll probably participate sparingly, if at all."


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