The RecycleMania Tournament, the eight-week competition that ignites classic college rivalries, rallying students, faculty and staff to increase on-campus recycling rates beyond their collegiate competitors, wrapped up its 12th year at the end of March with Middlebury recovering over 100,000 pounds of organic and recyclable materials.
The competition, which extended from February 5 through March 31, includes eight categories. Middlebury finished in 2nd place in the Food Service Organics category as well as 13th in the Bottles and Cans category.
The colleges and universities that took home top prizes in the three primary categories were:
- “Grand Champion” (determined by the percentage of overall waste recycled): American University- (85.16 percent) – Washington, D.C.
- “Per Capita Classic” (determined by total pounds of recyclables collected per person): Union College- (61.79 lbs.) – Schenectady, N.Y.
- “Waste Minimization” (determined by the lowest overall amount of recyclables and trash per person): Valencia College - (2.79 lbs.) – Orlando, Fla.
As a measure of the success of this year’s competition, 92 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered, which prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). This reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 25,840 passenger cars; electricity use of more than nearly 16,406 homes; or the burning of nearly 705 railcars’ worth of coal. For the full results of the competition, go to http://recyclemaniacs.org/scoreboard.
“Colleges and their students are leading the way towards a more sustainable future, and RecycleMania is a perfect demonstration of their energy and commitment,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “KAB is pleased to support the RecycleMania program. We celebrate this year’s results and congratulate every school and individual that participated.”
The RecycleMania Tournament is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc., a nonprofit organization led by recycling managers from participating schools. RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. The contest has expanded from two schools in 2001to 605 colleges and universities in 2012. The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of the Alcoa Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, SCA AfH Professional Hygiene, Waste Management, Keep America Beautiful and the American Forest & Paper Association. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful, with additional program support from the U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). For complete competition background and details, visit the RecycleMania website at http://recyclemaniacs.org.