Recyclemania 2015: February - March

Last year, BU recycled more bottles & cans per capita than any other school in Boston and ranked third in the state! 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 39% in 2015.

Take a selfie of your waste reduction/reuse/recycling efforts and post on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages with #Recyclemania and #BU

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 7th to April 2nd, 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.

Most Improved:
New in 2016, the Most Improved pilot category will recognize schools based on how well they improve against their own 2015 results. The school that is able to improve their cumulative 2016 recycling rate (Grand Champion category) by the greatest amount over their cumulative rate for the benchmark year, will win.