RecycleMania 2019!

This winter term marks the University of Michigan’s fourteenth year participating in RecycleMania! RecycleMania is an eight week competition among colleges and universities across the U.S. to see which school has the highest diversion rate, collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, and diverts the most food organics over the course of the competition. This year’s competition will run from February 3 to March 30. We will be participating in the Diversion Champion (diversion rate), the Per Capita Classic (lbs. recycling per capita), and Food Organics (food organics composted or donated) categories.

RecycleMania 2019: Battle of the Buildings!

This winter semester, the UM Recycling Program will be hosting the Thirteenth Annual RecycleMania Battle of the Buildings Competition, an intra-campus waste reduction and recycling competition! This competition will also run from February 3 – March 30. Battle of the Buildings will challenge participating buildings on the U-M Ann Arbor Campus to see who has the highest diversion rate, greatest waste reduction, and most improved diversion rate. We will track participating buildings' recycling, compost, and landfill each week.

There will be three competition categories:

The Diversion Rate Competition measures the percentage of total waste (recycling, compost, landfill) diverted from landfill.

The Most Improved Diversion Rate Competition compares the 2019 diversion rate over the course of the eight weeks to the 2018 diversion rate over the same time period.

The Waste Reduction Competition compares the total waste (recycling, compost, landfill) in 2019 to the total waste produced in 2018.

Each week of RecycleMania will have a different theme, challenging participants to further reduce their waste and recycle the rest!

Competition Rules

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

Please use this link to register your building to participate in the 2019 RecycleMania: Battle of the Buildings competition.