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Campus Community Encouraged to Boost ‘Recyclemania’ Totals

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again is participating in Recyclemania, competing against collegiate counterparts nationwide in the amount of cans, bottles, paper and cardboard diverted from the waste stream.Pennsylvania College of Technology once again is taking part in Recyclemania, an annual competition that encourages faculty/staff and students to increase their on-campus recycling rate beyond those of counterparts at other institutions.

This is the fifth year for the college’s participation, which once again will be supervised by Kevin W. Johnson, General Services’ environmental specialist. Johnson made the rounds of campus buildings over the past several days, distributing posters and a limited supply of first-come, first-served giveaways (pens, buttons and temporary tattoos).

Comprising one of 36 teams in the commonwealth, Penn College will be judged on the total weekly weight of recyclables collected by students and employees.

The college is entered in two categories: the “Per-Capita Classic,” in which participants compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans per person; and the “Gorilla Prize,” which recognizes the larger schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, bottles and cans during the competition, regardless of campus population.

Waste Management Inc., Penn College’s refuse hauler and partner in the campuswide “single stream” recycling effort which, because separation no longer is required, makes it easier than ever to reduce the amount of trash that otherwise would go to the Lycoming County Landfill will weigh each week’s output.

Johnson will share those totals with tournament officials and the results will be regularly posted online through the April 13 conclusion of the contest.

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