HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students at the University of Southern Mississippi will be participating in Recycle Mania again this year.
Recycle Mania is an eight week national recycling competition where the school's goal is to reach 100,000 of recyclable waste.
"This year we are trying to recycle 100,000 pounds, last year we were able to get up to 78,000," said Melissa Olsen of the USM Office of Sustainability. "But this year we've done a lot of programming and events throughout the competition to try to get people more aware and engaged in recycling."
The competition will have supporting events such as Recycle at the Pete, Dorm Storm, Spring Cleaning and even a Recycling Olympics competition.
"Dorm Storm is where all of the residents on campus compete to see who can be the recycle champion," Olsen said. "There is a trophy and bragging rights."
Last year Southern Miss placed 138th out of the 300-plus schools that were in the competition.
"Recycling is important because not only are you working to remedy current environmental issues, you are helping to secure a cleaner and safer living environment for future generations to come," Olsen said.
The competition wraps up on March 31.