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BC Takes Top Spot for Cardboard Collection in Recyclemania 2013

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College took top honors in the state for its collection of corrugated cardboard during RecycleMania 2013, a 10-week challenge to determine which schools could reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste.

More than 520 colleges and universities – including institutions from Canada – competed in the contest and collectively recovered 90.3 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.

Bridgewater participated in three categories – paper, corrugated cardboard and bottles/cans – and collected a total of 27,845 pounds of recyclables. In addition to snagging first place statewide in the corrugated cardboard category, Bridgewater ranked seventh in its collection of paper and fifth in its collection of bottles and cans.

"RecycleMania bolsters the campus recycling program and advances Bridgewater's sustainability efforts in waste reduction and operation efficiency," said Teshome Molalenge, the college's director of sustainability.  "The improvement in our rankings and the increase in recycled materials displays our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability."

RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses.

Posted 4/26/13

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