Recycle Mania Tournament

Recycle Mania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities in their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week, they are then ranked in various categories such as who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste, and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the Recycle Mania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

Categories/Collection Items

The following may be/can be included under the traditional material categories:


  • Boxboard /chipboard
  • Catalogs
  • Hard and softbound books
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper (all colors)
  • Phone books

Cans and Bottles

  • #1 through #7 Plastic (e.g. soda, water, juice, laundry detergent bottles)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel cans
  • Other food or beverage containers accepted by local recycling programs


  • Baled and un-baled cardboard boxes
  • Boxboard /chipboard


  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

Cedarville University’s Involvement

2013 is the first year Cedarville has registered for this competition. Cedarville constantly looks for new ways to improve the way we care for our environment as well as raise awareness of the way the University deals with all of its waste. By joining this competition, we wanted to let students know just how much our campus values our stewardship of the earth, as well as where we stand in comparison to other universities across the United States.

We do not have any special crews working on the competition because it is up to each individual to makes the difference. Each person on campus can take this time to think twice about what they throw away. Some things you might want to consider are the following:

  1. Does it really need to go in the trash or can I find a recycling bin for it?
  2. Do I even know where my office/dorm puts their recycling?
  3. Is there anything I should do differently with what I have and what I waste?

Please let us know if you have any ideas or things you would like to help with during this competition! The Recycling Program is more than eager to help you, your office or your dorm in becoming better stewards and showing that you too, care for the Earth God gave us as a home.