Number of Colleges: 46
Number of Students: 198,000
Total Recycling & Composting: 10.4 million pounds
Note: RecycleMania expanded in 2005 to include two categories, the newly renamed Per Capita Classic
and “Recycling Rate” (recycling as a percentage of combined trash and recycling), which would be
renamed “Grand Champion” in 2006.
- Recycling Rate: California State University, San Marcos - San Marcos, CA
- Per Capita Classic: Miami University – Oxford, OH
And the Trophy Goes To...
In the end, defending champion Miami University triumphed in the fifth annual RecycleMania 2005
Per Capita competition after an intense battle, while California State University San Marcos
consistently posted a 40+ percent recycling rate to dominate in the new Recycling Rate contest.
While the Per Capita trophy was neck-and-neck until Week 10, the schools in the Rate competition
were on the Cal State Cougars’ tails from Week 1.
The University of Oregon Ducks came out of the gate strong alongside the Miami University
Redhawks, maintaining their lead in the Per Capita Competition by a slim margin until Week 6.
Despite a hard charge in Week 7 by the Ducks,Miami held on for the trophy.
The two-time champion Bowling Green State University Falcons knew what it took to stay in the
Per Capita race, solidifying their claim of third place by reporting several weeks of results that
matched the contenders at 6+ pounds per student. Ohio University’s RecycleMania sports broadcasts
surely helped keep the Bobcats close to the top, while newcomers Oregon State and Kalamazoo
College proved their ability to compete in the big leagues.
In the Recycling Rate competition, Tufts University closed the gap with Cal State San Marcos to less
than three percentage points, but never wound up getting closer than that. Another first-time
participant, Northwest Missouri State University, charged into the fourth spot after Week 6 and held its
ground. The Cal State San Marcos Cougars could not be touched, earning the trophy with an average
recycling rate of nearly 44 percent.
RecycleMania 2005 challenged small colleges and large from across the country in a test of recycling
prowess. Many colleges made impressive strides during the ten week contest, and all schools generated
new levels of awareness and enthusiasm for recycling among students and staff. Kudos to all who
contributed to making the competition a success.