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Let’s show other schools what BU is made of… and how much we recycle!

Recyclemania is a competition that will help highlight BU’s waste reduction achievements, and make us a contender against more than 600 schools nationwide. BU has made substantial changes and innovations to the recycling program over the years. We’ve seen a significant increase in our recycling rate from 3% in 2006 to 30% in 2013.

  • “To further increase our recycling, Boston University will compete nationally in the Recyclemania competition for the fourth year in a row. Last year, 26 colleges and universities in Massachusetts participated, and BU ranked 4th in the Bottles and Cans division. This year, help us improve our recycling rate and climb from 4th place to the top of the heap. Pitch in! The success of BU’s waste reduction efforts are only achievable with your help. It’s not just a matter of school pride, it’s a matter of making a difference in your community and the world.

About RecycleMania

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction in their campus communities. Over an 8 week period, from February 3rd to March 30th, schools report recycling and trash data, which are then ranked according to who recycles the most.

With each week’s RecycleMania reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results rank against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more. To learn more about the structure of the competition and the various contests, visit the RecycleMania rules section.

How It Works:

Participating schools report recycling and trash metrics every week and are ranked in four primary competitions, along with four “targeted material” competitions:

Grand Champion:
The Grand Champion category combines trash and core recyclable materials to determine a school’s recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation. Successful colleges and universities in this category demonstrate their achievement in both source reduction and recycling.

Stephen K Gaski Per Capita Classic:
Schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans per person. The Per Capita Classic is the original RecycleMania competition.

Waste Minimization:
Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (both recyclables and trash) per person. This competition is intended to reward those schools that generate the least amount of combined waste and recyclables, emphasizing reuse and source reduction over recycling.

Gorilla Prize:
This category recognizes the larger schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard and bottle and cans during the ten-week competition, regardless of campus population.

Targeted Materials:
In addition to the four primary competitions, schools may compete in four targeted material categories including Paper, Corrugated Cardboard, Bottles and Cans, and Food Service Organics.