Alcoa Warrick Operations awarded the University of Southern Indiana $1,500 for their contributions to recycling today. It was all part of the Recyclemania competition.
USI, the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College participated in the eight week contest to see which students, faculty and staff could recycle the most on-campus waste. All three colleges were able to collect a total of 86,000 pounds of material, and keep them out of area landfills. USI may have taken home the grand prize, but students believe everyone came out a winner.
"The community today and the city of Evansville is really the winner," said former USI Student Body President Jordan Whitledge, "because recycling is good not just for USI or UE, but good for the entire community. It's good for the state. It's good for the country. It's good for our world if we recycle more and reuse what we have. That's why we all win. We all pitch in to make a collective effort and we all are winners."
Whitledge says the university hasn't decided yet what they plan on doing with the cash prize.