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RecycleMania

What is RecycleMania?

RecycleMania Logo - green oval with yellow and orange writing saying RecycleMania Tournament with a blue background. A white recycling symbol with a blue circle behind is at the beginning of the word Recycle. 8 stars are lined up diagonally in pairs of two going out from the top of the word Recycle.

Each spring semester South Dakota State University participates in RecycleMania. RecycleMania is an eight-week national collegiate competition that compares results of recycling efforts of schools across the nation, by measuring the pounds of material recycled on campus. It began in 2001 as a friendly competition between Ohio University and Miami University. It has since grown into a national effort, with 394 universities participating in 2015. The RecycleMania competition is designed to promote waste reduction in campus communities and increase recycling awareness and participation by students and staff. The data for material collected is adjusted according to school size so institutions can compete with one another regardless of student population.

How does the competition work?

Students, faculty and staff recycle as normal (or more!), but what changes is that the amounts of trash and recycling are weighed. Brookings Dumpster then reports the numbers to the campus Sustainability Specialist who enters the data into the RecycleMania website. Most categories are based on a per capita basis, and universities are ranked as such. Weekly rankings are posted throughout the competition.

How can you get involved?

Throughout the competition remember to collect your recyclables from campus and place in the nearest recycling bin or dumpster – all recycling containers placed around campus that get emptied into the recycling dumpsters get included. It's just that easy to do!

RecycleMania 2018 will be SDSU's eight year in the competition. Be sure to check the Recycling Guide for a detailed list of recyclables.

Dates:

RecycleMania 2018 competition dates are February 4 through March 31.

Past Results
Year Total Recycling (lbs.) Total Trash (lbs.) Avg. Recycling Rate (%) Food Service Organics (lbs.)
2011 93,391 538,000 14.6 n/a
2012 43,708 482,340 8.2 n/a
2013 73,290 441,160 14.63 9,534
2014 128,527 516,380 20.2 4,562
2015 126,340 525,000 19.53 14,352
2016 176,210 591,380 23.47 15,281
2017 176,340 519,680 25.32 6,373
Yearly Rankings
Year Grand Champion Per Capita Waste Minimization Total Recycling Food Service Organics Paper Cardboard Division
2011 59 out of 75 41 out of 145 n/a 20 out of 147  n/a n/a n/a Benchmark Division
2012 30 out of 30 34 out of 59 25 out of 27 19 out of 49 n/a n/a n/a Benchmark Division
2013 238 out of 273 253 out of 360 90 out of 167 185 out of 364 132 out of 155 n/a n/a Competition Division
2014 202 out of 256 157 our of 332 105 out of 149 134 out of 336 152 out of 162 93 out of 148 52 out of 149 Competition Division
2015 180 out of 232 138 out of 307 92 out of 142 131 out of 308 116 out of 147 n/a n/a Competition Division
2016 153 out of 207 86 out of 269 80 out of 114 102 out of 276 114 out of 140 73 out of 91 14 out of 97 Competition Division
2017 125 out of 190 73 out of 244 93 out of 135 86 out of 215 114 out of 134 59 out of 68 13 out of 73 Competition Division
More information on RecycleMania can be found at www.recyclemania.org.