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North Lake College goes for third RecycleMania title

IRVING – As the spring semester kicks into full gear, North Lake College is looking to win its third national title in the Waste Minimization division of RecycleMania, a friendly recycling competition that started in 2001 between OU and Miami University. For two years, the RecycleMania trophy, fondly named “Pin Man,” has been a permanent fixture on campus, and with this year’s competition taking shape, the college has one goal in mind, keep “Pin Man” at North Lake. 

“Winning consecutive years places North Lake College in the elite company of only a few colleges that have attained that distinction,” says Steve Schellenberg, Assistant Director of Facilities Services and Coordinator or RecycleMania.

Over a 10-week period from January 17 to March 27, participating schools compete in various categories measuring the success of their recycling and waste reduction efforts. A record number of colleges and universities from across the United States, Canada and as far away as Qatar are participating this year. Six hundred campuses are registered so far, and for first time this year, North Lake will compete against two of its sister schools, Richland College and Cedar Valley College, in the same category. 

“North Lake College has a solid waste minimization program supported by dedicated employees and students,” says Schellenberg. “With the additional competition in our own district, we should have better results than last year. I think North Lake College will finish as one of the top five colleges again this year.”

Participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis. Weekly standings are posted on the RecycleMania Web site ( for all participants to see, motivating campuses to work harder as they aim not only for top prizes, but also to beat out rival schools. 

North Lake’s participation in RecycleMania is part of a broader strategy to raise environmental awareness and encourage sustainable practices across the campus. In 2007, North Lake President Dr. Herlinda Glasscock signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a high-visibility effort to address global warming. Over the last several years, the college has been putting initiatives in place to support this commitment. 

To find out more about North Lake’s sustainable efforts and RecycleMania standings:


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