What is RecycleMania?
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.
RecycleMania 2018 competition dates are February 4 through March 31.
|Year||Total Recycling (lbs.)||Total Trash (lbs.)||Avg. Recycling Rate (%)||Food Service Organics (lbs.)|
|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|