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, RecycleMania runs from February 2 to March 29.  We hope to improve our campus recycling rate again - last year our overall RecycleMania recycling rate was 26.73%. Compare 2013/2014 weekly results. Help K-State improve it's RecycleMania ranking - RECYCLE!

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

^spring break

K-State RecyleMania Results 2009 to 2013

Since 2009, K-State participates in this friendly, national competition and we continue to show improvements in our recycling efforts.

YearOverall Recycling Rate (%)Recyclables (lbs/person)Total Recyclables (lbs)Waste to Landfill (lbs)Ranking among participating Schools
2009 20.86.61193,936929,800 214 out of 293
2010 165.62177,077922,660272 out of 346
2011

19.34

(compare to 79.69*)

7.02174,960743,462 261 out of 364
2012

23.78

(compare to 85.16*)

8.91

291,756

(337,215**)

704,400 173 out of 266
2013

 26.73

(compare to 86.01%*)

KSU did not enter into the per Capita competition this year 272,264 621,800 153 out of 273

*winning university/college     ** K-State generated number

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

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