Jan. 25, 2008
Morningside College is one of nearly 400 colleges and universities in the United States participating in the 2008 RecycleMania contest, which recognizes schools for achievements in recycling and waste reduction.
During a 10-week period, which starts on January 27, Morningside students, faculty and staff will engage in a friendly competition with other schools across the country to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita and the largest amount of total recyclables.
According to Jim Stroh, associate professor of biology and chemistry at Morningside and co-chair of the college’s recycling and environmental committee, the objective of the event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste reduction efforts.
“Like all colleges and universities entered in the RecycleMania competition, Morningside is required to report on a weekly basis the total pounds of materials collected on campus for recycling,” Stroh said. “RecycleMania recognizes the participating schools at the end of the contest with trophies and awards for outstanding recycling results in a variety of categories.”
Morningside College has an ongoing recycling program on campus that involves all residence halls, classroom buildings, administrative offices and other facilities. During a recent 9-month period, the college collected more than 14 tons of paper and cardboard for recycling.
RecycleMania started in 2001 on the campuses of Ohio University and Miami University. The competition has grown to include colleges and universities from across the United States. RecycleMania is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition.