WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue joined roughly 580 schools nationwide last weekend,participating in a competition called "RecycleMania."
Carmen Martin, president of the student group Boiler GreenInitiative, said the rules for RecycleMania are simple: the schoolwith the most recyclables collected wins.
"The goal is to have more recyclable material and less waste percapita than the other schools. There's actually a place where youcan see how we're doing. It's www.purdue.edu/recyclemania. We'll be keepingtrack of all the 'Big 10' schools and all the Indiana schools thatare competing on the website," said Martin.
Organizations across Purdue have each adopted one of thecompetition's 10 weeks and will do what they can to collectrecyclables. The Boiler Green Initiative has adopted the firstweek. Members spent their Sunday cleaning up Mackey Arena after thegirls' basketball game.
Martin said there is definitely excitement in the air.
"This is our first year. We are really excited about getting itoff with a bang, and making sure everyone knows we areparticipating, which is why we are really excited about stuff likethis," said Martin.
Martin said students are more than happy to get involved.
"Students are willing to recycle. Our recycling rates haveactually gone up quite a bit from 25% to 36% in between theeducation and the changing programs as well as recycling at thefootball games, so students are receptive to that," saidMartin.
Martin adds the competition is not just limited to students.
"It's faculty, community, anyone who wants to be involved iswelcome to be involved. The recycling is only counted on campus,but we're glad to encourage people off campus to recycle as well,because if you're in the habit at home, you will be in the habit atwork. Anybody that is staff, they generate just as much waste asstudents, if not more than students because they have so manypapers that they have to hand out. So we encourage them to reducetheir waste as much as possible, as well," said Martin.
Saving the planet is one reason to recycle but the competitionadds another: good old college rivalry.
"I think it will be a really exciting competition because we arecompeting against Notre Dame and Ohio State which are two of ourbig rivals. And I think it will catch on because anything where wecan beat those schools that is great," said Martin.
To find out more about this competition, you can check out the RecycleMania website.
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