FAQ - Tracking and Reporting

FAQ - Tracking and Reporting

  • How do I report my school’s recycling weights?
    You will need to login to your account using the email address and password you designated when first registering the school. From your login account you will open and complete the form for the appropriate week.
  • When do I report data?
    Following the start of the competition, coordinators will be expected to submit the recycling weights every week. For recyclable materials collected during the first pre-season week (January 20 to 26), the deadline to report is Wednesday, January 30. This pattern will repeat itself each week going forward with schools reporting weight data for the previous week between Monday and Wednesday at  12pm Eastern. Schools that miss the Wednesday reporting deadline risk being left out of the rankings until the following week’s results are published.
  • We don’t get accurate weights for our recycling. Can we still participate?
    Yes, but your school may be limited to informally comparing itself against other schools in the Benchmark Division. Schools may still participate in the formally ranked Competition Division using volume-to-weight estimates assuming they are still able to accurately measure volume quantities of material and use approved conversion factors. For more information, read the section on Tracking Standards in the Rules.
  • What if I don’t have any weight data to report for a given week?
    Competition Division schools are expected to submit weight data consistently for every week in which material is collected from campus. If no collections take place, then simply enter zeros for materials on the Weekly Reporting form for the given week.
  • Can "food service organics" include the grease trap material we recycle at the Dining Halls on campus?
    Yes, as long as the grease is being “recycled” in some form.
  • What multiplier number should we use to calculate a volume-to-weight conversion for reporting recyclables?
    Where estimating material weights based on volume measurements, schools should ideally use conversion formulas based on multiple weight samples taken of their own locally generated material. Where this is not possible, schools can use generic volume-to-weight conversion formulas available by clicking here. IMPORTANT: Schools have a good faith responsibility to report numbers they believe to be reasonably accurate. The official RecycleMania formulas may not closely match the actual weight of material on a particular campus. Coordinators have an obligation to be observant and make adjustments to weight estimates that seem "optimistic". When in doubt, consult the Helpline for advice about your situation.
  • Recycling and/ or trash was collected but I have not received the weight data yet. What do I do?
    Even if you are waiting and do not have the actual weight data for a given week, Competition Division schools are expected to submit a placeholder estimate based on a typical week's worth or material. This will allow your school to remain in the weekly results in your approximate ranking position. At the end of the 2013 competition schools will have a week long period from March 30 through April 5 when they can access reporting forms for all previous weeks to revise these placeholding numbers with the actual weights. Schools wishing to submit revised numbers during the competition period itself can email the Helpline to make these changes.
  • Our school recycles with a co-mingled or single stream system and I am not able to get separate weights for paper, cans and bottles, etc. Can I still participate?
    Yes, but only in the aggregate categories that track combined recyclable materials: Grand Champion, Per Capita Classic, Gorilla Prize and Waste Minimization. You will not be able to participate in the Targeted Material categories (Paper, Cardboard, Cans & Bottles) unless you have separated weights for each material.  There is a space on the weekly reporting form to enter co-mingled material weights.
  • When and where do we see the results?
    Results are updated each Friday afternoon and presented in the Scoreboard section of the website.