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Auburn University is participating in the 2017 RecycleMania tournament and hopes to crush the competition. The tournament, which started Feb. 5 and runs through April 1, promotes waste reduction and recycling programs on college campuses. Faculty, staff and students can help Auburn compete.

“RecycleMania is an opportunity for us to promote recycling and waste reduction to Auburn’s students, staff and faculty,” said Joan Hicken, waste reduction and recycling department coordinator in Facilities Management. “It’s a fun way to communicate the benefits of recycling.”

Now in its 17th year, RecycleMania pits colleges and universities across the United States and Canada against one another to see who will claim the championship in the challenge to reduce, reuse and recycle the most on their respective campuses.

Schools will be ranked according to which one collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita and the highest recycling rate.

In 2016, 350 schools took part in the competition, including the University of Georgia, Emory University and Clemson University. RecycleMania contributed to the collection of 79.6 million pounds of recyclables and food organics and the reduction of greenhouse gas by 122,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

This year Auburn University is competing against schools such as the University of Missouri, the University of Tennessee and Texas A&M. Auburn placed 171 out of 207 in the Grand Champion category in 2016, so Hicken is hoping to improve that number in 2017.

“By focusing recycling efforts on paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, Auburn’s campus community can contribute to our RecycleMania standings,” Hicken said.

For a downloadable flyer, go to the Facilities Management Recycling webpage and click on the download link in the News and Events section.

Visit the RecycleMania website to learn more about the 2017 tournament.