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Texas State embraces RecycleMania competition

By Lauren A. Lamb
University News Service
January 21, 2009


Texas State University-San Marcos students, faculty and staff will once again participate in the National Recycling Coalition’s RecycleMania competition. Texas State will join more than 400 colleges in universities in the 10-week contest. It will take place Jan. 18-March 28. 

Participating schools turn in weekly results to the RecycleMania website in hopes of being crowned champion. 

The National Recycling Coalition reports that the contest collected 58.6 million pounds of recyclable material during the 2008 competition.

The contest began in 2001 as a friendly competition between two school recycling coordinators in Ohio. Since its inception, the number of participating schools has almost doubled each year and now represents more than 4 million students, according to the National Recycling Coalition.

Texas State will submit a weight for paper, cardboard, plastics and aluminum during this year’s contest. There are outdoor receptacles for plastic bottles and aluminum cans located throughout the campus. There are also a number of indoor receptacles for plastic bottles, aluminum cans and paper.

The campus recycling center currently accepts a wide variety of recyclable materials including textbooks. A complete list of accepted materials can be found on their website at

For more information on how to get involved in the campus contest, or to request a pick up for a large amount of paper or cardboard, please contact the Recycling Center at (512) 245-7733.