recycles 90 million pounds
RecycleMania wrapped up its 11th annual recycling
competition in early April. RecycleMania is an eight week challenge
that ignites classic college rivalries, rallying students, faculty
and staff to increase on-campus recycling rates beyond their
This year, 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials
were recovered, which prevented the release of nearly 270 million
metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
The competition, which extended from February 6 through April
2, includes eight categories. The colleges and universities that
took home top prizes in the three primary categories are:
•Grand Champion – (determined by the percentage of overall waste
recycled): California State University-San Marcos (79.69 percent)
– San Marcos, California.
•Per Capita Classic – (determined by total pounds of recyclables
collected per person): Union College (55.69 pounds) – Schenectady
, New York.
•Waste Minimization – (determined by the lowest overall amount
of waste recyclables and trash per person): North Lake College
(3.07 pounds) – Irving, Texas.
RecycleMania is an independent program of the RecycleMania Steering
Committee. The competition is made possible with the sponsorship
support of SCA Tissue, The Coca-Cola Company, Alcoa Foundation,
Waste Management, Keep America Beautiful and the American Forest & Paper
Association. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful
with additional program support from the United States EPA’s
WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition.
Top schools in each category earn “bragging rights,” while the
winners of each are recognized with an award made of recycled