Eight Arkansas college campuses participate in recycling competition

National tournament encourages on-campus recycling and waste reduction initiatives

Eight Arkansas colleges and universities are among the more than 500 schools participating in the 2013 RecycleMania Tournament, a competition and benchmarking tool for on-campus recycling programs.

“The future of Arkansans’ recycling behaviors lies in our college students,” said John Pope of Van Buren, RecycleMania statewide coordinator, executive director of Keep Van Buren Beautiful and a Keep Arkansas Beautiful commissioner. “If our state’s young people are actively learning about and participating in the act of recycling – even as part of a friendly competition – then they are more likely to continue recycling for the rest of their lives.”

The eight-week tournament, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, features a Competition Division, which requires participation by the entire campus and consistent reporting, and a Benchmark Division, which allows schools to informally compare themselves against each other. Click the links below to see each college’s current ranking:

Competition Division

Benchmark Division

Participants report the amounts of recycled materials and trash collected each week and are then ranked based on the highest recycling rate, the least amount of waste and other measurements. Results from the first official competition week will be posted beginning Feb. 17. 

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