Campus Race to Zero Waste


2022 Competition Dates

January 31, 2022- March 26, 2022

Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly 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.

Campus Race to Zero Waste Statistics

Official CR2ZW weekly results are posted each Friday afternoon during the competition to the Scoreboard section of the Campus Race to Zero Waste website. 

Campus Race to Zero Waste Activities

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

I recycle. Do you?

Do you believe in the importance of reducing waste and recycling?  We sure do and we want to let everyone know!  "I recycle. Do you?" occurs every Wednesday during the 8 week competition.  Volunteers will randomly ask people if they recycle, and if so, people will be asked if they'd like to be recoginized as a recycling advocate.  We'll take your picture and post to our Instagram.  Oh, and you may even win a prize.

Caught Green Handed

Campus Race to Zero Waste volunteers will scour our campuses every Thursday during the 8-week competition, to spot someone recycling.  The lucky recycler will be “Caught Green Handed” and awarded a small prize (reusable mug, etc.) for recycling.   

Mug Shots

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 our Instagram 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 tagline to ReThink, Reduce, ReUse and Recycle to your emails
  5. Like our posts on Instagram!
  6. Volunteer to hang posters around campus 
  7. Create a video promoting how you reduce waste
  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!

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