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Libraries participate in RecycleMania 2006

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to pitch in to the university's participation in RecycleMania 2006, a national recycling competition open to colleges and universities. RecycleMania's goal is to increase awareness and involvement in campus recycling efforts. Schools compete by measuring the weekly amount of paper, containers (plastic, glass, and cans), and cardboard collected for recycling during a 10-week period from January 29 to April 8. The school with the largest cumulative total wins.

Born out of a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University in 2001, RecycleMania grew to 47 competitors in 2005, and the 2006 school participation is expected to be even greater. This year, Rutgers will be competing against the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Boston College, just to name a few. We have been a leader in recycling for many years, and we encourage all Rutgers faculty, students, and staff to recycle and help Rutgers rank among the program's top competitors.

Members of the Rutgers University community can participate in RecycleMania in four ways:

Recycle as much as possible, which includes buying products with recycled content. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources and generates a host of environmental, financial and social benefits.

Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash you discard. Source reduction often called waste prevention, means consuming and throwing away less.

Reuse containers and products; repair what is broken or give it to someone who can repair it. Reusing items by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them also reduces waste. Use a product more than once, either for the same purpose or for a different purpose.

Respect the environment and others around us. Respect your home, neighbors and work place by keeping them clean and litter free. It is important to respect the environment.

RecycleMania 2006 runs from January 29-April 8, 2006. For weekly updates on Rutgers' participation, visit: ttp://www.fos.rutgers.edu/RecycleMania/Recycle.htm. For more information on the competition and a list of participating institutions, visit the RecycleMania web site at http://www.recyclemaniacs.org.

Posted February 28, 2006