RecycleMania


RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities 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.

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 the 2013 competition. 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%. Read more and check out the 2014 competition results.

2015 Competition

K-State placed 93 out of 232 participating universities and colleges during this year's RecycleMania competition (February 1 to March 28). Our overall recycling rates was 36.074%, an increase of of 8.714% compared to 2014. The 2015 competition winner is Antioch University Seattle with a recycling rate of 96.59%, followed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a recycling rate of 84.568%.

K-State did place first among the four participating Big 12 universities (University of Texas at Austin (32.659%), Baylor University (23.939%), University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus (16.878%)). Check out all 2015 RecycleMania results.

Here are our 2015 weekly totals:  

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

Recycling Total (lbs)

Waste to Landfill (lbs)

Recycling Rate# (%)

Ranking# 

1 23,279 4,490 27,769 74,560 30.20 98/174
2 39,051 4,960 44,011 80,300 32.99 103/204
3 37,944 5,940 43,884 78,640 32.99 104/214
4 39,185 5,030 44,215 84,320 32.99 103/218
5 40,657 5,550 46,207 84,580 36.17 85/222
6^ 37,950 5,535 43,485 97,080 35.68 90/222
7 44,729 840 45,569 90,810 35.34 96/226
8 49,019 4,100 53,119 75,580 36.07 not published
Totals 311,814
 36,445
 348,259 665,870 36.074
 93/232
 * cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, phonebooks, plastic, aluminum and steel/tin cans, glass
#as published by RecycleMania
^spring break

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 to the right shows our recycling rate (%) during the RecycleMania events from 2010 through 2014.

See specific K-State RecycleMania data for years 2009 to 2014 (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