Southern Miss to Hold Recycling Olympics on March 30

Southern Miss to Hold Recycling Olympics on March 30

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi plans to kick recycling up a notch with the inaugural Recycling Olympics set for 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

The event culminates eight weeks of recycling-oriented activities which were implemented as part of Southern Miss's participation in RecycleMania, a national collegiate recycling competition. The Recycling Olympics will feature six events at Weathersby Lawn on the Hattiesburg campus.

"This is the first time we have held an event like this, although we have participated in RecycleMania for several years," said Christina Foreman, sustainability coordinator at Southern Miss. "I'm really excited about the Recycling Olympics because it engages people with recycling in a unique and fun way. Recycling benefits the environment and society in many ways, from reduced energy, water, landfill, and natural resource use, to economic savings."

Scheduled events include:

Recycling bin hurdle race

Scrap-paper basket competition

Javelin toss (with a cardboard tube)

Catalog shot put

Recycling relay (this will actually be run as an individual rather than team competition, where participants race back and forth to sort recyclable material into the appropriate bin)

Timed sorting competition.

Volunteers from a Petal High School marketing class will coordinate the events. The students will record names, times, and distances, and at the end of the event, prizes will be awarded to the fastest times/ furthest distances.

Foreman notes that people can stop by and participate in the events that interest them. Winners will be contacted after the event is finished. Southern Miss mascot Seymour will be on hand from 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., for special photo opportunities.

"Just knowing the benefits of recycling doesn't necessarily mean that people will make that lifestyle change," said Foreman. "Presenting the topic of recycling in a fun, playful manner brings an awareness and engagement that you don't often get from regular communication channels. We are hoping that participants will walk away from this event with a smile on their faces and a desire to make recycling a part of their everyday routines."

For more information about recycling and the Office of Sustainability at Southern Miss, call 601.266.6803 or visit: