We want RecycleMania on your Campus!
launches in February and students at colleges and universities across the country will be rallying to see who can recycle and reduce the most waste. Are you working with a local campus on litter, recycling or other projects? Are you looking for a new opportunity to engage with a local campus? RecycleMania is a great program to build a relationship and engage students. Affiliates are encouraged to partner with participating campuses or even reach out to those who haven’t in the past.
While the stated goal for RecycleMania is to have a fair and friendly recycling competition, the program’s underlying value is to help campuses increase recycling and waste reduction activity by raising awareness among students and staff and by providing the catalyst for colleges and universities to build and expand their programs on campus. RecycleMania participation in many cases puts a recycling program on the front page of the campus paper, helping to build administrative recognition and support. It also provides a promotional opportunity to showcase new collection or waste reduction activities. By focusing on performance metrics, the program encourages campus efforts to benchmark improvement over time.
RecycleMania began in 2001 when the recycling coordinators at Ohio University and Miami University, looking for a way to motivate their campuses, challenged each other to see which one could collect the most recycling. Miami went on to beat Ohio that first year and RecycleMania was born! .
Congratulations to our 2017 Ohio Winners:
Total Recycling – Ohio State University, 1,128,824 lbs.
Diversion Rate – Ohio University, 95.85%
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.