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Dubuque college aims to reduce waste

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Recycling has paid off for students at Loras College.  In mid-January the college competed in a RecycleMania 2010 competition. It's a 10-week challenge that ended in March. 607 colleges and universities took part in the competition, that aims to reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. It's Loras' third year of involvement.  

The total amount of recyclables and organic materials recovered during the 2010 competition added up to 84 million pounds, which in turn prevented the release of 106,972 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). This reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 19,592 passenger cars, electricity use of 14,837 homes or burning of 559 railcars' worth of coal.

For the 2010 contest Loras participated in the Waste Minimization and Recycling Per Capita competitions.  The goal: to see who can collect the least amount of trash per capita and the largest amount of recyclables per capita.

Loras finished the Recycling Per Capita competition with 15.81 lbs./person, placing 93rd out of 346 schools. In the Waste Minimization competition, Loras finished 110th out of 199 schools, with 49.55 lbs./person. The colleges overall recycling rate went up from 31.3% in 2009 to 32.2% in 2010. And the total trash produced was minimized 9.1%.

Overall, Loras was ranked 75th out of 267 schools competing in the Grand Champion category.

The "Grand Champion" winner was once again California State University, San Marcos (71.82%). The "Per Capita Classic" winner, determined by total pounds of recyclables collected per person over ten weeks, was United States Coast Guard Academy (81.75 pounds per person), New London, Connecticut.

For complete contest background and details, visit the RecycleMania website at www.recyclemaniacs.org.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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