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Recyclemania Reaches OBU Campus

February 16, 2009

The 2009 Recyclemania competition officially began Jan. 18 but, according to the competition's Web site at, the first two weeks were designated as a trial run so schools could learn how to collect and report their recycling and trash weights without the pressure of the formal competition. The emphasis runs through March 18.

Aramark, the international company that provides food and custodial services at OBU, has set up bins in nearly every building on campus as well as paper bins in every office. There are designated spots in the lobbies of dorms where cardboard can be dropped off.

More than 500 schools are registered to participate in the 2009 Recyclemania competition. Participating universities receive certificates from the Environmental Protection Agency, and winning universities receive trophies for their accomplishment.

Recycling on the OBU campus is not limited to Recyclemania, but is an ongoing process.

"We do this all year long, not just for the 10 weeks the competition lasts," said Rick Hail, supervisor of ARA custodial services at OBU. "Why stop when the competition ends? We can still help the environment by doing everything we can here. It is the environmentally right thing to do."