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North Lake is National Winner in RecycleMania Contest

North Lake College competed in the RecycleMania 2008 Competition with over 400 other colleges and universities across the country. The main objective of the ten-week event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. The competition started on January 27, and ended on April 5.

“RecycleMania helps students rethink their waste,” says Scott Vitters, Director of Sustainable Packaging for the Coca-Cola Company. “Coca-Cola is a proud sponsor of the RecycleMania program. Through the course of the competition, students learn to recognize that bottles, cans, cardboard and paper are valuable recyclable materials.”

North Lake finished first in the Waste Minimization category of the competition. This category focuses on overall waste reduction instead of recycling. Schools compete to see who can generate the lowest amount of total waste per capita. North Lake averaged 1,937 pounds of recyclables and 5,827 pounds of trash per week. The average of 1.25 cumulative pounds per person each week was collected.

North Lake’s campus Green Team was charged with participation in RecycleMania. The college’s Green Team includes staff, faculty and student representatives from Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Environmental Club. Steve Schellenberg, Assistant Director of Facilities Services, led the team in the RecycleMania effort.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.