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Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition is Underway at WIU

February 25, 2022

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MACOMB, IL - The Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, formerly known as Recyclemania, returned to Western Illinois University Jan. 30, and will continue until March 26. Campuses across the country will compete during this eight-week period to see who can collect the most recyclables in an effort to raise awareness and encourage students to recycle.

WIU has been participating in the competition since 2006. Assistant Director of Residential Facilities and Conferences Renee Hughes serves as a member of the University Sustainability Committee. As a member, she serves alongside Neal Thurman and Tammy Sinnet as the campus coordinators for Campus Race to Zero Waste.

"We really want this year to be a rebuilding year - we would love to get involvement back to the way it was before the pandemic," said Hughes. "We would love to know what events students want to see and what they want from us in terms of this competition and sustainability in order for them to be a part of it."

While many of the activities used to be in-person, Hughes wants students to be aware that they are open to hybrid or virtual activities to get students, organizations and the campus community as a whole involved in recycling and in Campus Race to Zero Waste.

"We are here and we are ready to bring this event back in full swing to Western," said Hughes, "We would love to know what students would like to see, we are open to any and all ideas."

To learn more about WIU's Sustainability initiatives, visit To learn more about the Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition, visit or contact

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