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RecycleManiaKNOXVILLE—RecycleMania, the waste-reduction competition between colleges nationwide, continues at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with one of the campaign’s most enjoyable events: Recyclympics.

Recyclympics combines athletic prowess with plastics, paper, and cans to help spread awareness of campus recycling.

The third annual Recyclympics will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on March 15 at the Humanities Plaza outdoor amphitheater.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to compete in ten Olympic-style, recycling-themed events. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the Phone Book Shot Put, Compact Disc-us Throw, and Bottle Cap-in-a-Haystack (of shredded paper).

Contestants can compete individually or as part of a team of up to four people.

Recyclympics is free to enter. Those interested in participating in this fun and friendly competition can sign up at, or just show up on the day.

Glory, fame, and gift certificate prizes will be awarded to Recyclympians who place first, second, and third in the individual and team categories. Additional bonus points will be awarded for competitive bravery and recycling tenacity.

“Gladiator apparel is encouraged, but there are no specific dress code requirements to enter and compete in Recyclympics. High heels or baggy jeans might not be the best clothing to compete in though,” said Jay Price, UT’s environmental coordinator.

RecycleMania is a friendly eight-week competition between universities across the country to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Last year, UT finished third in the Southeastern Conference for per capita recycling. This year, Price wants UT to finish first.

For more information on the 2012 RecycleMania competition, visit To learn more about UT Recycling’s efforts, or to volunteer with RecycleMania, visit, or e-mail

C O N T A C T :

Jay Price (865-974-3480,