Wesleyan University is one of 93 colleges and universities nationwide competing in a recycling program through April 8.
As part of RecycleMania 2006, Wesleyan aims to collect the largest amount of recyclables, the least amount of trash, and have the highest recycling rate over a 10 week period. A RecycleMania trophy will be presented to the winning school.
Schools participating in RecycleMania 2006 represent 33 states, 880,000 students and more than 275,000 faculty and staff. Eight of 11 campuses in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), including Wesleyan, are RecycleManiacs.
Bill Nelligan, associate director of Environmental Health and Safety works with Dainty Rubbish Service of Middletown to determine the totals in each collection category. Dainty collects and removes trash and recyclables from campus. Nelligan reports measurements on a weekly basis, via RecycleManias Web site, www.recyclemaniacs.org, which also has more information on the project.
RecycleMania is endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys WasteWise program, the National Recycling Coalitions College and University Recycling Council and the National Wildlife Federations Campus Ecology Program.
|By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor|