January 20 – March 30
What Is RecycleMania?
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more. For more information about the structure and rules of the competition and the various contests, visit the RecyleMania website.
The official dates for RecycleMania 2013 have been set. Preseason practice weeks will run January 20 to February 2. The official competition will kick-off on February 3 and extend eight weeks to March 30.
Here at Drexel, our goal is not only to compete with other schools nationally and locally, but to compete against ourselves and top the previous year’s results. This will be Drexel’s sixth year participating in RecycleMania. In 2012, Drexel finished No. 6 in Pennsylvania (out of 22 participants) and No. 102 nationally (out of 275 participants) in overall recycling rate. 2012 Recyclemania Results [PDF]
In addition to competing in the annual Recyclemania competition, Drexel will be competing in the Campus Conservation Nationals, the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. With 130+ schools signed up and 1500+ buildings enrolled, this stands to be the largest energy and water reduction competition in history. From February 4 through April 26, participating colleges and universities will compete to achieve the greatest possible energy and water reductions in residence halls. Each University will need to select a three-week period during the contest time period to track their results. Drexel will gather results during the time period of February 25 through March 16.
Drexel University recycles approximately 600 tons of waste each year, more than 25% of the University’s waste stream. Drexel Green’s Recycling How-To Guide [PDF] has a complete listing of all the materials Drexel recycles and instructions on how to have them recycled. Please post this information in your residence, work, or study area to spread the information to your classmates and colleagues. Materials that count for the 2013 Recyclemania competition include: aluminum cans, cardboard, electronic equipment (including computers), glass bottles, paper and plastic bottles.
Drexel Green will host a Recyclemania event on each of Drexel’s three Philadelphia campuses to collect recyclables for the competition.
Results are posted weekly on the Recylemania website. Track Drexel’s progress and standings throughout the competition and help us reach our goals!
For more information on RecycleMania and general questions about Drexel’s recycling program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.