RecycleMania offers different levels of participation depending on a school’s goals and ability to track and report weight data.  Review the category options below to determine where you would like to compete.  Schools can compete in as many categories as they would like.

Winners of the national Classic 8 Week Tournament and the special categories will receive an award and national recognition.

Classic 8 Week Tournament

The classic tournament is the main eight-week competition.  It involves three main categories, Diversion, Per Capita Classic and Food Organics.  Schools can choose to participate in one or both of these categories.  Data is reported and rankings are displayed weekly throughout the eight-week competition.  


Recyclables, Food Organics, and Trash weights reported.

Stephen K Gaski Per Capita Classic

Recyclables weights reported (no trash weights). The Most Improved school over 2 years will be recognized in this category.

Food Organics

Food waste and any organic materials handled alongside food waste reported. Organics generated in office and campus residential settings and special events can be included in addition to what is collected from dining facilities.

Special Categories

The following categories require reporting only one time at the end of the eight-week competition.  National winners are awarded for each category.

GameDay Basketball

Competition based on recycling and waste diversion at a single home basketball game.

“E-cycleMania” Electronics

Competition based on collection of scrap electronics over one-month period.

Race to Zero Waste™ Building Competition

Competition based on comprehensive effort to reduce, reuse and recycle the greatest amount of waste from a single designated building.

Case Study Competition

Share your best practices in promoting and improving recycling and waste reduction on campus.