RecycleMania – another successful campaign
607 colleges and universities compete
Every spring, students across the country
become RecycleManiacs competing for national supremacy to determine
which school can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste.
RecycleMania wrapped up its 10th annual recycling competition
in late March, with over 84.5 million pounds of recyclables and
organics recovered from 607 colleges and universities across
The spirit of friendly competition sparked huge environmental
gains. The total amount of recyclables and organic materials
recovered during the 2010 competition added up to 84.5 million
pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 137,500
metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Colleges and universities chose to participate in one of two
divisions, either the Competition or Benchmark. The Competition
Division houses the traditional competitive rankings based on
standard tracking and reporting criteria. The Benchmark Division
allows schools to unofficially compare themselves with other
schools and to promote RecycleMania on campus without the formal
reporting requirements of the competitive ranking.
Within each division, schools participate in any of eight categories,
including the “Grand Champion,” which measures recycling as a
percentage of the total waste generation; the “Per Capita Classic,”
which measures the largest amount of combined recyclables per
person; the “Waste Minimization” competition, which tracks the
lowest amount of waste per person; and the “Gorilla” Prize, which
acknowledges the schools with the highest total combined recycling
In addition to these main categories, schools also compete in
targeted material categories to see who can recycle the most
paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and food waste on a per capita
The “Grand Champion” top three finalists, determined by the percentage
of overall waste that is recycled over 10 weeks, were:
•California State University-San Marcos (71.82 percent) – San
•New Mexico State University (69.05 percent) – Las Cruces, New
•American University (64.90 percent) – Washington DC
The “Per Capita Classic” top three finalists, determined by total
pounds of recyclables collected per person over 10 weeks, were:
•United States Coast Guard Academy (81.75 lbs.) – New London,
•Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (63.14 lbs.) – Needham,
•Colorado College (60.8 lbs.) – Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The “Waste Minimization” top three finalists, determined by the
lowest amount of waste (recyclables and trash) per person over
10 weeks, were:
•North Lake College (6.17 lbs.) – Irving, Texas.
•Harford Community College (7.87 lbs.) – Bel Air, Maryland.
•Santa Monica College (8.13 lbs.) – Santa Monica, California.