2014 RecycleMania Tournament: Final Results

Boiler Up and Recycle Up

This year’s Recyclemania competition ran from February 2 to March 30. Purdue staff and students were encouraged to recycle their unneeded files and paperwork, as well as all other mixed recycling.

Purdue has participated in Recyclemania since 2010. It is an annual recycling competition among hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. At Purdue we also track recycling between the residence halls to encourage friendly competition. The winning residence hall team this year was Shreve and Earhart with a 45% diversion rate. These residence halls will receive a prize.

During the competition, participating institutions reported the amount of materials recycled and trash collected each week. The institutions were then ranked in various categories based on their recycling rate, total volume of recycling, and least amount of total waste. The last category combines trash and recycling.

Click here for more information about Recyclemania 2014. This year, 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.

Questions about Purdue’s involvement in the contest, including which materials are recyclable, should be directed to the Office of University Sustainability on Facebook, Twitter, or email

Check out the BIG Ten Standings! 

Big Ten Standings