Denison was one of the 607 colleges and universities participating in the national RecycleMania competition, the first year Denison has participated since the competition began in 2001. In an effort to increase awareness of the amount of recyclable materials disposed of daily at Denison, Environmental Studies students volunteered to literally sort through the garbage. Dozens of volunteers pulled plastic water bottles, beer cans, cardboard and other recyclable materials from the residence hall dumpsters. In all, 641 pounds of recyclables were recovered and then displayed in a seven foot tall "Trash Tower" in the Slayter Student Union. It was a striking visual--and olfactory--display of glass, cardboard, paper and alumninum that could have and should have been recycled.
At the conclusion of the 10-week competition, Denison placed 44th overall, and first among participating Ohio colleges.