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Lycoming College was one of 605 colleges and universities that recently participated in the nationwide Recyclemania competition.
During the 10-week program, 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.
This year, the College recycled a total of 14,412 pounds of material, nearly 3,500 pounds more than what was recycled in 2011. Lycoming ranked 47th in the nation in recycled weight per student for bottles and cans, 85th in corrugated cardboard and 156th in paper.
During the 2011-12 academic year, the College, thanks in part to its sustainability office and committee, as well as the Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation, has made significant efforts to increase recycling awareness on campus. The labeling of receptacles to make sorting of materials easier and almost 1,600 personal recycling bins made possible by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation has led to greater student participation.
The amount of recycled materials resulted in a waste reduction equivalent to eight metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is analogous to keeping four cars off the road or eliminating the energy consumption of two households during the 10 weeks of Recylemania.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.