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Recyclemania Underway

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February 9, 2009



Recycling on campus

The University at Albany is increasing its recycling rate. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

UAlbany students, faculty, and staff are learning to take responsibility for the world around them, showcased by a 30 percent increase in the university’s recycling rate from a year ago.

Now UAlbany community members will see if they have what it takes to compete against more than 500 other universities and colleges in the national Recyclemania contest. The competition, which runs from February 2 through March 28, includes SUNY rivals such as Binghamton, Stony Brook, and Buffalo, and regional schools like Union and Skidmore.

Recycling on the UAlbany campus.

Students recycling on the UAlbany campus. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

The coveted Great Dane trophy will go to the victors in the residence hall competition. Indian Quad has been the reigning champion for the past two years.

"Last year we recycled more than 230,000 pounds of material. This year we are shooting for 250,000 pounds," said Mary Ellen Mallia, director of Environmental Sustainability.

Over the past four years, UAlbany recycled 3,000 tons of paper, plastic, and cans, at an average of 83 pounds per person. “This year, with new recycling bins placed strategically around campus, we can do even better,” said Mallia.

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