It’s time for basketball and RecycleMania on college campuses across North America. The recycling challenge began in 2001 when recycling coordinators at rivals Ohio University and Miami University decide competition might be a way to motive students to recycle. The little contest between two Ohio universities has grown into a competition among 450 schools in the United States and Canada. Registration ends this Friday, February 5. The competition runs over an eight-week period which coincides with the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, making school spirit a great motivator in RecycleMania’s efforts.
Stacy Wheeler, RecycleMania Inc.’s president, notes in a recent media release, “We’re excited for this sixteenth year of the RecycleMania competition. Through recent additions like GameDay Basketball and the Most Improved category, RecycleMania continues to be a valuable resource for colleges and universities to influence recycling and zero waste behavior with students and staff.”
Each week, colleges report the recycling and trash collected on their campus. From these reports, colleges are ranked in various categories. After the eight-week competition, the overall winner with the highest percentage of waste recycled receives national recognition and a trophy made out of recyclable materials. There are also sub-category winners, two of which are new for 2016. These are the “Electronics Recycling” category and the “Most Improved” category, which will measure schools’ 2016 performance relative to their performance in the 2015 RecycleMania competition.
The 2015 Grand Champion was Antioch University, located in Seattle, Washington, with a whopping 93.13% of material recycled during the competition. Kalamazoo College, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, won the Per Capita Classic award with 48.62 pounds of recyclables per participant, and Valencia College, located in Orlando, Florida, won the Waste Minimization award, creating only 2.87 pounds of waste per person.
RecycleMania is managed by Keep America Beautiful and sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, The CocaCola Company, CyclePoint® from SourceAmerica® and Rubbermaid Commercial Products®. Learn more about RecycleMania.