The 2013 RecycleMania competition kicked off at Stark State this week.
This national competition awards the college campus that can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste. More than 600 schools are competing in the contest this year, which runs through March 29.
The tournament ranks schools according to standardized weight measurements of the waste they collect. Last year, Stark State finished No. 10 nationwide.
"This is an opportunity to raise awareness about waste reduction and conservation issues," said Stefanie Smith, Stark State's sustainability coordinator.
The competition began in 2001 between Miami University and Ohio University. Today, college campuses representing all 50 states will compete. Each school must submit weight data for paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, food waste and common trash collected each week. The school with the highest amount of recycled material per pound will win.
For more information on RecycleMania, email Stefanie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 330-494-6170, ext. 4993.