RecycleMania 2016!

This winter term marks the University of Michigan’s eleventh year participating in RecycleMania! RecycleMania is an eight week competition among colleges and universities across the U.S. to see which school can collect 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 over the course of the competition. This year’s competition will run from February 7th to April 2nd. We will be participating in the Per Capita Classic (lbs. recycling per capita), Waste Minimization (lbs. total waste per capita), Gorilla Prize (total recycling weight), and Grand Champion (recycling rate).

RecycleMania 2016: Battle of the Buildings!

This winter semester, the UM Recycling Program will be hosting the Tenth Annual RecycleMania Battle of the Buildings Competition, an intra-campus waste reduction and recycling competition! This competition will also run from February 7th – April 2nd. Battle of the Buildings will pit participating buildings on the U-M Ann Arbor Campus against one another. We will track participating buildings’ recycling and trash each week. There will be four competition categories: Recycling Rate, Most Improved Recycling Rate, Waste Reduction, and Engagement.

The Recycling Rate Competition measures the percentage of total waste that is recycled.

The Most Improved Recycling Rate Competition compares the 2016 recycling rate over the course of the eight weeks to the 2015 recycling rate over the same time period.

The Waste Reduction Competition compares the total waste (recycling and trash) in 2016 to the total waste produced in 2015.

New for 2016 is the Engagement Competition Category. This category will recognize building occupants for their waste and recycling outreach efforts. Participants can complete a variety of waste-related activities, ranging from taking a recycling pledge to organizing a materials recovery facility tour, and earn points for their building.

Competition Rules

Trash, single stream recycling, hardcover books and shredded paper may be included in the competition. To be included, hard cover book and shredding data must be self-reported, included dated documentation and be submitted no later than one week after the end of the competition.