Recyclemania – Keep America Beautiful’s National College Recycling Competition

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.  Check out the RecycleMania Press Release for 2017Each 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!


Recycle-Bowl – Keep America Beautiful’s National K-12 Recycling Competition

Keep America Beautiful sponsors two school-based national recycling competitions each year: Recyclemania® for colleges and universities and Recycle-Bowl® for grades K-12. Recycle-Bowl®, occurring annually from mid-October to mid-November, challenges participating schools to collect recyclables and use provided resources to track their collection over the month-long competition period.  The competition has gained so much popularity that, to date, over 1,200 schools across the US and Canada participate! In fact, the 2015 Recycle-Bowl® competition reached more than 700,000 students, with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.

In 2015, Indiana state champion Northwestern Middle/High School in Kokomo recycled over 36 pounds per student, defending their title for the fourth year in a row!  In 2016, Bon Air Elementary in Kokomo stepped up their game and won the national title by recycling a whopping 48.7 lbs per student – that’s more than a lot of elementary students weigh!

Recycle-Bowl is sponsored by Nestle Waters North America with generous in-kind donations from Busch Systems. Visit the Recycle Bowl website to find out more.  The IRC highly encourages all IN schools to participate in Recycle-Bowl® this year!  Feel free to reach out to the IRC if your school would like help registering!