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Tufts Out-Trashes The Competition

Tufts Out-Trashes The CompetitionInan innovative recycling competition among universities nationwide,Tufts is working hard to be the pick of the litter.Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Boston [03.09.05] Senior Caitlin Beatty isn’t a trash talker; butshe does talk a lot about trash. A recycling intern for TuftsRecycles, Beatty has been weighing all of the recycled materialscollected around campus as part of a national RecycleMania competition.At the recent mid-way point, the University ranked among the nation’sbest.


Tufts Rules At Recycling

''Our campusis pretty good at recycling," Beatty told The BostonGlobe. ''I like doing the weighing, because you get to actuallysee where the numbers are coming from."

In the RecycleManiacompetition – launched in 2001 – universities engagein friendly competition over 10 weeks to see which school cangather the most recyclables from on-campus housing and dininghalls.

Dozens ofschools from around the country are participating, including localinstitutions Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technologyand Boston College.

Beatty toldthe newspaper that while weighing recyclables can sometimes bemonotonous, she and the other recycling interns enjoy boostingawareness about recycling on campus.

Accordingto the Globe, most of the recyclable products on theTufts campus include old copies of the Tufts Daily, foodand beverage boxes and computer boxes.

"Afterthe first four weeks of competition, Tufts had collected an averageof 17.13 pounds of recyclables per student in the student housingcontest and a rate of 37.7 in the overall campus recycling contest,"the Globe reported

With thosenumbers, as of Feb. 26, Tufts ranked ninth nationally for poundsof trash per student and second nationally in recycling rate.RecycleMania runs through April 9.

Tufts beganits recycling program in 1990. In the 2001-02 school year, theUniversity reported a 37 percent recycling rate for students inon-campus housing.






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