What is RecycleMania?Recycling in action

UW-L first participated in RecyleMania in 2009.  RecycleMania has grown into a widely-recognized competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs throughout our nation.  Amongst many goals, the program is intended to heighten awareness on the benefits of recycling, increase recycling participation and act as a catalyst to build and expand waste reduction programs.  Even though the program lasts only 10-weeks, historically at the beginning of the second semester, the real benefit comes throughout the year as we continue to incorporate recycling and environmental stewardship into our daily lives.

Schools participating in the competition submit recycling and trash data to demonstrate who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. 

RecycleMania has a defined set of recyclable materials that can be counted.  These materials are limited to compostable food scrap, paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin and plastic (#1-#7) containers.  UW-L also reports the total amount of other Municipal Solid Waste/trash collected in our campus rubbish truck.

Schools cannot report the following trash in their total weight generated:

  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Materials from construction and demolition projects
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Industrial plastics
  • Other miscellaneous recyclable items
  • Pallets
  • Scrap metal
  • Scrap wood
  • Yard waste
  • Medical waste

RecycleMania Website