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VMI Places High in Recycling Challenge

FullTextImage/img/@altVMI has competed in the Game Day Challenge since 2011. -- VMI File Photo by Kevin Remington.

LEXINGTON, Va., Dec. 20, 2013 – During the Nov. 9 home football game against Gardner-Webb University, VMI didn’t just defeat the visiting football team – the Institute also came away from the game with high placings in the Game Day Challenge.

The Game Day Challenge is a friendly competition among colleges and universities to reduce the amount of waste generated during tailgating before football games. The competition is run by the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania, and Keep America Beautiful, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program.

To participate in the Game Day Challenge, each college or university picks one home football game and measures the amount of recycling and organic materials collected during that event. This information is used to compile a percentage of waste diverted from landfills.

The 2013 Game Day Challenge resulted in the Institute recycling or composting 61 percent of the 1,800 pounds of waste generated that day. This resulted in a placement of second in Virginia, and 23rd nationally. In 2012, the Institute placed third in Virginia, and 39th nationally, in the diversion rate category.

In 2013, VMI placed first in Virginia, and 20th nationally, in the category of per capita waste minimization, up from second in that category in Virginia, and 42nd nationally, in 2012.

This year, the Institute was also first in Virginia, and ninth overall, in per capita organics. VMI also took the top spot in statewide organics last year, but placed 13th nationally in 2012.

In the category of per capita recycling, VMI placed second in Virginia, and 29th nationally, in 2013. The Institute was also second in the state in this category, and 38th nationally, in 2012.

“Overall, we ranked higher relative to the field this year versus last year – top third, versus top half in most categories,” said Maj. Jenny deHart, VMI staff engineer and sustainability coordinator. She also coordinates the Institute’s participation in the Game Day Challenge.

VMI has been participating in the Game Day Challenge each year since 2011, but has only competed in the organics category for the past two years.

–Mary Price