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RecycleMania returns to Virginia Tech; activities run through April 2

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 4, 2011 – Virginia Tech is among the participants of RecycleMania 2011, a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs used to promote waste reduction activities in their respective campus communities.

Over a 10-week period, which began Jan. 23 and will run through April 2, participants report recycling and trash weight data. Bottles and cans, corrugated cardboard, paper, food service organics (composting), and trash are the five targeted materials which are reported during the competition.

Virginia Tech is among the 550 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada  participating in RecycleMania 2011. This is the sixth consecutive year that Virginia Tech has participated.  

According to Denny Cochrane, Virginia Tech's energy and sustainability coordinator, the university hopes to increase its total recyclable materials from last year by 10 percent, and to reduce trash from last year by 5 percent.   

Last year, the university increased its total recyclables by 19,620 pounds (6.6 percent), and reduced its trash by 60,880 pounds (4.7 percent).

"We hope to get every member of our community involved in RecycleMania 2011" said Cochrane. "This is a wonderful opportunity to help us move closer to, and ultimately achieve, the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment goal of an annual recycling rate of 35 percent."  

The first two weeks of the competition (Jan. 23 through Feb. 5) is a trial period for schools to practice the process of gathering and submitting data, and these results are not scored. The final eight weeks (Feb. 6 through April 2) represents the actual competition.  

Each week throughout the competition, cumulative results will be posted on the RecycleMania website. Schools are ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclable per capita, the largest amount of total recyclable, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. At the conclusion of the competition, RecycleMania 2011 will post the final results. 

For more information, contact Denny Cochrane in the Office of Energy and Sustainability at (540) 231-5184. 

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.