RecycleMania


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reductionactivities to their campus RecycleManiacommunities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. Read more and check out the 2014 competition results.

2014 Competition

In 2014, K-State placed 138 out of 256 participating colleges and universities with a recycling rate of 27.36%. That's a 0.64% increase from last year's competition. Compare 2013/2014 weekly results. The winner was Antioch University, Seattle, with a recycling rate of 93.1%, followed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a recycling rate of 81%.

Here are the 2014 weekly totals:  

WeeksCo-Mingled Recyclables* (lbs)Food Waste (lbs)

Recycling Total (lbs)

Waste to Landfill (lbs)

Recycling Rate# (%)

Ranking# 

1 18,518 4,160 22,678 74,260 19.96 143/247
2 41,894 3,600 45,494 94,680 27.21 133/247
3 39,675 4,620 44,295 102,880 27.44 127/247
4 40,561 5,260 45,821 110,540 28.24 123/247
5 41,187 4,680 45,867 112,500 27.90 124/247
6^ 29,655 220 29,875 76,720 26.98 132/252
7 31,075 4,460 35,535 86,710 27.09 132/252
8 37,170 3,840 41,010 89,710  
Totals 279,735
 30,840
 310,575
 748,000 27.36
 138/256
 * cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, phonebooks, plastic, aluminum and steel/tin cans, glass
#as published by RecycleMania
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K-State RecycleMania Results 2010 to 2014

RecycleMania statsSince 2009, K-State participates in this friendly, national competition and we continue to show improvements in our recycling efforts. The graph below shows the percentage of recyclables collected during the RecycleMania events from 2010 through 2014.

See specific K-State RecycleMania data for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (PDF)

How can you help?

Several K-State groups are currently participating in the program; SEA (Students for Environmental Action) and the K-State Greeks Going Green Campaign. You are welcome to join their efforts or even start your own.           

Here is what you can do...

  • Request desk-side recycling bins (if you don’t have them already) by calling Facilities at 532-6446 or e-mailing recycles@ksu.edu              
  • Place recycling receptacles next to your copy machines
  • Use existing recycling bins in your building, at the rec center and on campus. New bin racks have been placed around campus especially for RecycleMania.              
  • Practice the 3-R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

What is being recycled as part of RecycleMania?

  • Mixed Paper - such as white, colored, glossy paper, index cards, computer paper  
  • Magazines
  • Phone Books            
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic containers, #1 trough #7
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Tin/steel cans
  • Food Waste - food prep waste collected from Housing and Dining Services used for compost
  • E-Waste - computers, printers, screens, keyboards, CDs, DVDs, and most portable media