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Waste Reduction & Recycling

Recycle Mania College Recycling Competition

Compete to See Which Massachusetts Colleges Recycle the Most

RecycleMania is a friendly competition that promotes recycling and waste reduction efforts on college and university campuses across the U.S.

Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. They are then ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools benchmark their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

The RecycleMania Trophy!

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.
  • Encourage fair and friendly competition.