The RePaper Project

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2011

Contact: Pam Blackledge

RePaper Project Coordinator
208-344-4043/208-473-1019 (mobile)



RePaper Campus Challenge Spurs Colleges and Universities to Reach 75% Paper Recovery Rate by 2015

– Campuses Dig Deeper to Improve Paper Recycling –

Boise, ID – With the start of a new school year, a growing coalition of sustainability and recycling organisations is engaging with North American campuses to help them boost recycling by tracking and improving their paper recovery rates. From text books to blue books, paper is essential to successful campus recycling programs. Yet while paper recycling rates have slowly increased over the years, they are not keeping up with demand from manufacturers who need recovered paper to produce new, recycled-content stocks. With over 50% of paper still being thrown away on college campuses, there is a need to dig deeper and find those valuable sources of paper.

“Fall means getting back to the books, but for many students it also means finding new ways to help green their campus,” states Pam Blackledge, coordinator for the RePaper Project and home of the Challenge campaign. “The RePaper Campus Challenge provides an incentive and opportunity for campuses to track their recovery rates of recycled materials, and to further their efforts by boosting overall performance by increasing their paper recovery rates.”

Many campuses have already pledged to reach a 75% paper recovery rate by 2015, including Harvard University, CU Boulder, University of South Florida and Central Carolina Community College. Any campus can join the RePaper Campus Challenge and pledge to reach a 75% paper recovery rate by 2015. In return those campuses will receive tools and resources to reach that rate, and will gain recognition in public materials.

“The success of the RePaper Challenge relies on its endorsing partners,” says Blackledge. “We’re happy to welcome national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to the growing list of endorsing organisations.”

“KAB, as the administrative home for RecycleMania and the College and University Recycling Coalition, is deeply committed to engaging students in their schools’ sustainability efforts, and to improving overall campus recycling rates,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. “We are enthusiastic to join with the other supporters of the RePaper Campus Challenge as part of these efforts.”

If your campus is interested in becoming involved with the RePaper Campus Challenge, please visit to learn more.