The Catholic University of America

July 3, 2008

CUA Wins Award in National Recycling Competition

The Catholic University of America has received an Award of Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its recycling efforts in a recycling competition that involved more than 400 colleges and universities across North America.

Catholic University finished first among Washington, D.C.-area participating schools in several categories of RecycleMania 2008, including the Per Capita Classic, which measured the amount of all recycled material per person. CUA also placed first in the amount of paper, corrugated cardboard and bottles and cans recycled per person.

CUA participated in the 10-week recycling competition for colleges and universities between January and April.

CUA's Dining Services and the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations worked together to collect and measure recyclable material at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

To view statistics on how much material CUA recycled, click here.

This year's challenge resulted in a total of 58.6 million pounds of material recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Web site.

RecycleMania is supported by the EPA's WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition and is coordinated as a project of the coalition's College and University Recycling Council.