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RecycleManiaRecycleMania kicks off today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the pedestrian mall.

RecycleMania is a 10-week intercollegiate recycling competition in which colleges and universities from throughout the country compete to see who can recycle the most while producing the least amount of trash.

The competition runs from Jan. 18 – March 28. At the kickoff there will be a large display, RecycleMania information, recycling bin giveaways courtesy of Alcoa Inc., a raffle for prizes, and free Einstein Brothers coffee and bagels, courtesy of Aramark, for anyone who brings his/her own reusable mug.

Colleges and universities are small cities that consume large amounts of resources and generate much solid waste. Whether a school has an extensive waste reduction program or is just getting basic recycling collections off the ground, experience has shown that all schools have potential to further reduce the amount of resources they consume and dispose of. RecycleMania provides a tool for campus recycling coordinators, student green teams and facility service professionals to engage their campus community in recycling and waste reduction in a fun and friendly way.

Visit RecycleMania’s Web site for updates, event postings, and rankings!