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Community Electronics Collection Featured in RecycleMania Effort

FullTextImage/img/@altMaj. Jenny deHart and cadets collect electronics during last year's RecycleMania contest. -- VMI File Photo by John Robertson IV.

LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 6, 2014 – Members of the VMI community and Rockbridge area residents will have the opportunity to recycle unwanted electronic devices on Saturday, March 1. On this day, VMI will be partnering with Recycle Rockbridge to collect those devices – anything with a cord – at the former Kmart building in the Stonewall Square Shopping Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The collection of electronics supports the Institute’s participation in RecylceMania.

Running Feb. 2 to March 29, RecycleMania is an annual friendly competition for colleges and universities intended to promote waste reduction activities. Schools will be ranked on pounds per capita recycled in several categories as well as overall percentage of waste recycled. In addition to bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard, which are regularly recycled at VMI, there will be other special collections during the contest.

“We will again be collecting thin film plastic – plastic bags, shrink wrap, thin flexible packaging, bubble wrap,” explained Maj. Jenny deHart, VMI sustainability coordinator. Collection of these materials will run from Feb. 16 to March 15. To host a bin for these items, VMI departments should contact deHart at 464-7658 or dehartje@vmi.edu.

The cadet Environmental Sustainability Club will promote RecycleMania on Feb. 19 during the home basketball game with a halftime “Ready, Set, Sort” relay race, and during March by taking “mug shots” around post of individuals using reusable mugs and water bottles. Each week, one cadet and one faculty/staff winner will be announced and the photos posted to the VMI Photo Blog at VMInews.tumblr.com.

Last year, 13.5 percent of all waste was recycled at VMI during the contest. This year’s goal is 15 percent. Representation was strong among Virginia schools, with 22 participating.

RecycleMania is managed by Keep America Beautiful and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the College & University Recycling Coalition. To view VMI’s current standing in the competition, visit www.vmi.edu/recycling and click on News & Events.

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