RecycleMania is a national competition and benchmarking tool, held each spring, for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities across campus.

Overall goals

  1. Motivate students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation.
  2. Generate attention and support for campus recycling programs.
  3. Encourage colleges to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their effort to improve their programs over time.
  4. Have a fair and friendly competition.

RecycleMania Statistics

Official RecycleMania weekly results are posted each Friday afternoon during the competition to the Scoreboard section of the RecycleMania website.  Stay tuned for the 2015 competition which runs February 1st- March 28th!

Activities on campus

Throughout the competition, weekly activities supporting recycling and waste reduction will take place.  

Recycling is a very important part of our daily lives and for nearly thirty years recycling has been focus at UB. However, more is required in order to be sustainable. UB is working toward achieving Zero Waste on campus. Zero Waste challenges us to greatly reduce material waste on campus by promoting a different approach to waste: “Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.”

Every Tuesday during the 8 week competition, between the hours of 12 and 2 pm. RecycleMania volunteers will be looking for people that recycle.  Individuals will be asked if they recycle, and if a positive response is given we'll take your picture and post it on the UB Green Facebook page.

RecycleMania volunteers will scour our campuses every Wednesday during the 8-week competition, between the hours of 12 and 2 pm. to spot someone recycling.  The lucky recycler will be “Caught Green Handed” and awarded a small prize (movie tickets, etc.) for recycling.   

Student Groups may volunteer during select home basketball games to help promote recycling. Volunteers will be given a “UB Recycling Ranger” t-shirt, to ensure they are easily identifiable.  Recycling Ranger's help ensure event attendees separate trash and recycling into appropriate bins. This opportunity is only available to recognized campus groups and requires a minimum of 15 volunteers. 

Do you use a reusable water bottle or mug?  Our volunteers will be awarding prizes to people who are reducing their environmental footprint and practicing reuse.  We'll take your mug shot to post on UB Green's Facebook page.

Participating is easy

12 Easy Steps to Do Your Part :

  1. Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!
  2. Think before you throw something out: "Can this item be recycled?"
  3. Place a work order to request recycling bins 
  4. Add a RecycleMania tagline to your emails
  5. Like our RecycleMania posts on Facebook!
  6. Volunteer to hang posters around campus 
  7. Create a video promoting recycling and/or RecycleMania
  8. Post recycling instructions near bins
  9. Compost
  10. Volunteer to be a Recycling Ranger at basketball games
  11. Tell a Friend!
  12. Rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, and have fun!

Spread the word

Print our RecycleMania 2015 poster.

Publicize RecycleMania electronically on monitors.