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Augustana ranks first in national recycling contest

April  18, 2012

Augustana College won first place for amount of paper recycled in a nationwide competition called RecycleMania. From February 5 to March 31, 605 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participated in a variety of categories.

Augustana started participating in RecycleMania in 2007 and has won the “Per Capita” category in Illinois every year. This year Augustana recycled 44.57 pounds per person during the eight-week time span. In the category for overall amount of recycling per person, Augustana improved its national rank by seven places, finishing seventh this year. Augustana won 10th place for recycled bottles and cans and 62nd place for recycled cardboard.

Augustana recycled a total of 99,083 pounds of material that otherwise would have gone to a local landfill. The greenhouse gas reductions for Augustana alone are equivalent to the energy consumption of 19 households or to the removal of 37 cars from the road.

“It’s great to know students, faculty and staff work together to recycle on this campus,” said Bill Fineran, the college’s customer service center manager. “Augustana can take pride in how things are recycled.”

Fineran credits the college’s single stream recycling system and the Global Affect student group for contributing to Augustana’s success. The single stream recycling program started in 2009, and it makes recycling easy because all recyclable materials can be deposited together. Global Affect holds campus clean-ups and promotes recycling year-round.

RecycleMania is an independent program started in 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University, and it quickly grew to include other colleges and universities. RecycleMania reports that this year’s competition prevented the release of 148,897 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833