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Lycoming College was one of 630 colleges and universities from across the U.S. that recently participated in Recyclemania, which is in its 10th year of competition.
During Recyclemania, Lycoming's buildings and grounds staff collected plastic, glass, cans, cardboard and paper from receptacles across the campus. The recyclables were weighed and data was recorded weekly by Alyssa Tomaskovic and Steve Wanner, interns in the College's Clean Water Institute.
During the eight-week competition, the College recycled a total of 10,943 pounds of materials, including roughly 1,451 pounds of plastic, 3,707 pounds of glass, 1,257 pounds of cans, 2,900 pounds of cardboard and 1,628 pounds of paper. The results showed an increase of more than 3,500 pounds of waste recycled compared to last year's total.
Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology and CWI director, partially attributes the success to an increase in the number of recycling bins, improved collection procedures and greater campus awareness.
"This helps to demonstrate that by raising awareness about recycling on campus, more students are willing to sort their trash from what can be recycled and help keep a significant amount of material out of the landfills," he said.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.