Since 2010, Purdue University has been taking part in RecycleMania, an annual recycling competition among hundreds of universities across the United States and Canada. The goal of this friendly competition is to increase recycling rates and reduce overall waste, while competing against other universities.
Over an 8-week period each spring, the colleges report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories, based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, 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.
In the most recently completed contest (2013), Purdue ranked 10th out of 331 institutions and first in Indiana in the Gorilla Prize category. Purdue ranked 72nd out of 250 institutions in the Grand Champion category, 81st out of 167 institutions in the Waste Minimization category and 96th out of 361 institutions in the Per Capita Classic.
In the 2012 contest, Purdue ranked 16th in the Gorilla Prize category, 81st in the Grand Champion category, 85th in the Waste Minimization category and 126th in the Per Capita Classic.
CHeck out Purdue’s page on the Recyclemania website