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WMU joins 90 other schools in recycling competition

Feb. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is participating in Recycle Mania 2006, a nationwide recycling competition among 91 colleges and universities.

The competition began Jan. 29 and continues through April 8, with the goal of increasing awareness of and participation in campus recycling and waste reduction programs. WMU residence halls have participated the past three years. This year is the first in which WMU's rating will be based on recycling and waste reduction efforts across the entire campus.

"Please recycle paper, newspaper, cardboard, bottles, cans and jugs on a regular basis," says Carolyn Noack, WMU manager of recycling and waste reduction. "If recycling bins are full, please contact recycling and waste reduction services."

Through the first week of the competition, neighboring Kalamazoo College was the overall national leader. Placing second was Washington State University, and Colorado State University was third.

In addition to Kalamazoo and WMU, Michigan schools in the competition are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Community College.

For more information about Recycle Mania, go to www.recyclemaniacs.org. For more information about recycling at WMU, visit www.pp.wmich.edu/rs.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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