Divisions & Categories

Divisions & Categories


RecycleMania is organized around ten distinct categories. New to RecycleMania 2015 are two categories designed to move beyond weight tracking and instead create a comptetion out of standout student engagement and promotion around recycling.  Schools can choose to participate in whichever categories they choose assuming, for the classic eight-week categories, that they have weight data for theappropriate materials.

Campus Engagement Categories - New to 2015 Tournament

Classic Eight Week Categories - Based on Recycling and Trash Rates

Seven of these categories form the classic 8 week tournament where schools report their weights and updated results are presented weekly. Click on the title below to learn more about each of the traditional categories:

Special One-Time Reporting Categories

There are three additional categories that involve reporting weight on a single occasion instead of the multiple times over the eight weeks. The results for each of these three categories will be presented in final form at the end of the tournament in early April.  These include:



Schools participating in the classic eight week categories are divided into either the Competition or Benchmark divisions based on their goals for participating and their ability to accurately report weight data. NOTE: The divisions do not apply to the special one-time reporting categories. These three categories will present all schools together in a single results table.

Competition Division

The Competition Division features the formal rankings that allow a school to see themselves alongside other schools in each of the classic eight categories. To participate in the Competition Division, schools must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a degree-granting college or university located in North America offering primarily on-site coursework.
  • Participate with their entire campus including auxiliaries and satellite facilities.
  • Be able to track and report data according to the standards outlined under Tracking and Reporting Standards.
  • Have the official contact person responsible for reporting weights complete a half hour online certification module to ensure understanding of Tracking and Reporting standards.

Benchmark Division

The Benchmark Division is less formal and designed for schools wishing to participate at their own pace. It is open to any institution of higher learning in the world. Benchmark Division schools:

  • Are not included in the official competition rankings nor are they eligible to “win” any categories.
  • Are encouraged to report their recycling and trash weights as best they can but are not required to follow the official Tracking and Reporting standards.
  • Have the ability to informally compare themselves against other schools in each of the eight categories.
  • May include their entire institution or limit participation to a subset of the campus such as residence halls or dining facilities.