RecycleMania at Purdue University

Recyclemania 2017 Has Begun!

Recyclemania is an annual waste diversion competition that pits more than 150 colleges from around the United States and Canada against each other. Along with competing against the many colleges around the country, Purdue again is hosting an internal competition between residence halls. The residence hall that diverts the most waste wins a pizza party, and recieves the mini old oaken bucket! Last year the winner of Purdue's competition was Cary Quad and Owen! Who will win this year?

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Recyclemania 2016 Dorm Competition Bracket:

2016 National Competition Standings: Big Ten Final Results:

1st Place: Rutgers University - 53.171%

2nd Place: University of Iowa - 48.147%

3rd Place: Purdue University - 44.178%

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to 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 and are in turn ranked in various categories based on 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.

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.

In 2016, Purdue managed to hold onto our title in the Gorilla Prize Category in Indiana by a large margin. Purdue increased our diversion rate in the Grand Champion category but saw a lower ranking from 2015 as Iowa raised their diversion rate tremendously to achieve second place in the Big Ten.

In 2015, Purdue was faced with increased competition, dropping us to second in the Big Ten. We retained our title as first in Indiana in the Gorilla Prize category. We also dropped from 55th to 72nd in the Grand Champion category.

In the 2014 competition, Purdue ranked 4th out of 336 institutions and first in Indiana in the Gorilla Prize category. Purdue ranked 55th out of 256 institutions in the Grand Champion category, 97th out of 149 institutions in the Waste Minimization category and 66th out of 332 institutions in the Per Capita Classic.

In 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.