RecycleMania is open for all secondary institutions of higher learning to participate. Though oriented toward colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, secondary institutions anywhere in the world are welcome. Certain types of participation are restricted based on a school's ability to track and report required recycling and trash weight data, as defined below. There is no cost to participate in RecycleMania. 

K-12 schools are not included in RecycleMania, but are encouraged to participate in a similar program, Recycle-Bowl.


Program Overview

RecycleMania offers different levels of participation. Depending on a school's goals for participating and it's ability to track and report weight data, they can participate in any or all levels:

  • Ranked 8-week Competition
    The "classic" tournament that most schools participate in. Schools report weight of recyclables and other materials each week and are featured in regularly updated rankings throughout February and March.

  • Self-benchmarking 8-week Tournament (not-ranked)
    Follows the same rhythmn as the ranked competition, allows schools to self-benchmark their performance or focus exclusively on campus engagement activities without being featured in published ranking.
  • Waste Minimization & Campus Engagement Case Study Competition
    Judged competition that recognizes schools based on a campaign to engage a campus audience on a targeted waste minimization goal.

**Additional 2017 Competition details will be added in the near future**