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

Recyclemania 2018 week three standing

By Bill Spiegel

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Dear K-Staters,

As of the fourth week of the Recyclemania competition, we are just 5,500 pounds behind Texas in second place. We need to put all of our efforts together in the month of March to put us back on top as the Big 12 champion. As you can see we are doing great in per capita, diversion and recycling in Kansas.

Here are the competition results from weeks 1-3 of the eight-week competition.

 RankPercentage — poundsAthletic conference
Total recycling by state 1/2115,899 First
Per capita76/196 4.005First in Big 12 
Diversion75/19633.64First in Big 12 
Competition ranking49/196115,899Second in Big 12 

Let's all work together in this recycle competition.

K-State wins Big 12 Recyclemania competition

Recycle Mania Won

Dear K-Staters, 

Kansas State University has dominated the 2017 Big 12 Recyclemania competition. During this year's competition, we have exceeded our recycling goals thanks to you! From February to March we had a diversion rate of 37.334 percent. K-State's recycling increased from 60,919 pounds to a new grand total of 423,271 pounds. We do more than meet the standard, we exceed it.

Thanks to everyone, we all make a difference.

Bill Spiegel
Program Manager




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