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Hawkeyes Aim for Big Ten Title in RecycleMania

IMAGE: The competition is under way as about 500 campuses nationwide take part in RecycleMania, with victories coming by reducing, reusing and recycling. Image credit: RecycleMania
IMAGE: The competition is under way as about 500 campuses nationwide take part in RecycleMania, with victories coming by reducing, reusing and recycling. Image credit: RecycleMania
February 7, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Hawkeyes could have a real shot at the Big Ten title this year, but the competition includes all students and staff, not just athletes.

The University of Iowa is among the roughly 500 campuses nationwide taking part in RecycleMania.

It's an eight-week long competition to promote recycling and waste reduction.

Hawkeyes recycling coordinator Eric Holthaus says it truly is a campus-wide effort.

"UI student government, associated residence halls, athletics, university housing and dining and people on every building on campus, so it's exciting to see the breadth of the interest," he says.

In last year's RecycleMania, Iowa finished in fifth place among Big Ten teams.

Other colleges in the state that are taking part in the competition include Central, Grinnell, Loras and Wartburg.

Holthaus says the event fits in perfectly with the university's ultimate goals on recycling and waste reduction.

"And this is a great way to connect the whole campus and hopefully reach new audiences as we pursue 60 percent waste diversion by 2020," he adds.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA