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USM finishes annual RecycleMania with Recycle Olympics

The University of Southern Mississippi wrapped up eight weeks of participation in a national collegiate recycling competition by hosting some Olympic-style events on Weathersby Lawn Wednesday. Photo Credit: WDAM The University of Southern Mississippi wrapped up eight weeks of participation in a national collegiate recycling competition by hosting some Olympic-style events on Weathersby Lawn Wednesday. Photo Credit: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The University of Southern Mississippi wrapped up eight weeks of participation in a national collegiate recycling competition by hosting some Olympic-style events on Weathersby Lawn Wednesday.

The Recycling Olympics featured a recycling bin hurdle race, a scrap-paper basket competition, a javelin toss with a cardboard tube, and three other events.

It was a fun way to teach students the benefits of recycling.

For the last two months, USM has been participating with dozens of other universities in the annual RecycleMania.

"Our goal was to collect 100,000 pounds of recycling during this eight weeks," said Haley McMinn, assistant director of sustainability at USM. "We were at the beginning of the week, 16,000 away from that goal and we think we're going to make it."   

"People that participated will be made more aware of what (garbage) can do to the environment and make them more aware of what they're doing as far as just throwing it in the trash," said USM student Timothy Laird. "Think twice, put it in the recycling bin instead." 

Volunteers from Petal High School coordinated the events.

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