RecycleMania begins February 2 and runs through March 29. It is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
This year, 461 schools, with more than 5.3 million students and over 1.2 million faculty and staff, are participating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. New York has the best representation with 32 colleges participating, followed by Pennsylvania and Texas. A diverse mix of schools are taking part, ranging from Harvard University to the University of Georgia to Sitting Bull College in North Dakota.
Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amound of recyclables per captia, the largest amound of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.
Weekly results can be followed at the RecycleMania website in the "Competition Division". Schools compete in any of 11 categories targeting commonly recycled or composted materials such as paper and paper-based packaging, aluminum, plastics bottles, electronics and food organics. Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges.
GREEN DUMPSTERS - Accepted recyclables include:
Paper: copy paper, notebook paper, envelopes, computer paper, newspapers, junk mail, magazines
Cardboard, boxboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, most gift boxes, soda/beverage containers, most food packaging containers such as boxes of macaroni and cheese, rice, microwave meals.)
Cans: aluminum and bi-metal
Plastic bottles: #1 and #2 located in the triangle under the bottle.
BLUE DUMPSTERS - The following is NOT ACCEPTABLE for recycling:
Plastic (Shopping) bags
Large plastic items (rigid plastics that are gallon-sized or smaller are ok)
Glass / Wire coat hangers
StyrofoamÂ® (cups, egg cartons, take-out containers)
Pizza boxes / Food waste / Garbage /
Large metal items (steel cans, aerosol cans or metals that are gallon-sized or smaller are ok.)