The IRC proudly promotes Recyclemania Tournament – a nationwide recycling competition at colleges and universities! Since 2001, this friendly competition has served as a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs and a fun way to promote on-campus waste reduction.
Each spring, universities across the U.S. and Canada compete over an 8-week period reporting the amount of trash and recycling collected each week. Participation in the competition continues to grow each year (from 93 schools in 2006, 210 in 2007 and 400 in 2008)!
The competition has evolved significantly over the years. Schools are now ranked in several competition categories including highest recycling per capita, recycling rate as a percentage of total waste, and generation of the least amount of combined trash and recycling. Levels of participation currently include a ranked competition, unranked/self-benchmarking, recycling at a single home game, e-cycling only, zero-waste building, and campus engagement.
Targeted materials include paper and paper-based packaging, aluminum, plastic bottles, electronics and food organics. Updated rankings are published online to allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges.
Between the early-February kickoff and the tournament’s final day at the end of March 2016, participating schools recycled and/or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25,375 cars!
The IRC highly encourages all IN schools to participate in Recyclemania® this year! Feel free to reach out to the IRC if your school would like help registering!