Using fair and friendly competition, RecycleMania provides tools and opportunities that inspire, empower, and mobilize colleges and universities to benchmark and improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste.
RecycleMania: Campus Race to Zero Waste is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.
National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.
RecycleMania, Inc. governs all aspects of the program including the rules and structure of the competition. National Wildlife Federation is the manager of the RecycleMania: Campus Race to Zero Waste Program, and works in partnership with RecycleMania, Inc.
Overall Goals for RecycleMania
Motivate students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation
Generate attention and support for campus recycling programs
Encourage colleges to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their effort to improve their programs over time
Have a fair and friendly competition
RecycleMania: Campus Race to Zero Waste in the News
- The Future of Campus Life: Learn How Campuses Are Reducing Plastics and Other Waste (7.15.19, Blog)
- Announcing 2019 RecycleMania Winners - 5 Million College Students, Faculty and Staff Engage in the War on Plastic Pollution and Solid Waste in National Tournament (5.7.19, Press Release)
- Rising Against Pollution: 5 Million College Students and Staff Join the 2019 RecycleMania Competition (5.9.19, Blog)
- College of Staten Island and Rhode Island School of Design Named Champions of RecycleMania 2018 (4.16.18, Press Release)