CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will be participating in a national recycling competition from Feb. 7 through April 2.

 Known as RecycleMania, the competition pits universities against each other to see which school can reduce the most waste. Colleges are ranked based on several categories, including best recycling rate, recycling rate per capita, and least amount of generated waste.

 Alongside the national competition, OSU will compete locally with the University of Oregon in an annual recycling Civil War, comparing total per capita pounds of recycling and compost. Oregon State won the previous year's Civil War, reclaiming the trophy and title by only 0.07 pounds per person.

 Events will take place each week during the 8-week competition, starting with the construction of a sculpture created from recovered material, which will be exhibited in the Memorial Union Quad Feb. 8-12.

 During the first three weeks of the national competition, OSU residence halls will compete against each other in the RecycleMania Hall Challenge. Each week, halls will be evaluated for the total pounds of recycling per person generated. The top halls in the competition will receive points for the Inter-Hall Challenge while contributing to efforts in the national competition.

 Other events will include the 11th annual Career Wardrobe event on Feb. 18, the Winter Repair Fair on Feb. 24, and the Recycled Fashion Show on Feb. 25. More events will be added during the later weeks of the competition.

 A full listing of events, as well as further details about RecycleMania and past results, may be found at:  

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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398,