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Keep Arkansas Beautiful asks Ozark Campus to participate in 'RecycleMania'

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The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission convened last week at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus for its regular monthly meeting and announced that it wants the campus to be the first two-year campus in Arkansas to participate in KAB’s “RecycleMania” program.

During a luncheon held Thursday, Sept. 23, sponsored by Arkansas Valley Electrical Cooperative, KAB Chairman John Pope of Van Buren said the commission wants Arkansas Tech-Ozark, along with several two-year institutions around the state, to participate in RecycleMania, an inter-campus competition sponsored by KAB’s parent organization, Keep America Beautiful.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark Chancellor Jo Alice Blondin said, “The Ozark Campus will participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Recyclemania contest this spring. Currently, only one four-year university in the state is involved in this national competition.

“It’s a friendly competition between colleges and universities in which each participating school reports the amount of recycling material collected during a 10-week period in the spring semester.  Each campus is then ranked against participants based on the largest amount of recycled material per capita, the total amount of recycled material, recycling rates on campus and the least amount of trash per capita.

“The goal is to raise awareness about waste disposal and recycling efforts on college campuses.”

A reception for the commission was held Wednesday in Altus by the Altus Chamber of Commerce and Sunset Rotary Club. Several participants of Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s Career Pathways Initiative were present for Thursday’s luncheon. CPI is a partner organization to Keep Ozark Beautiful for service projects in the community.