RecycleMania

RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs to see who can waste less and recycle more. Over an 8 week period during spring semester, schools report recycling and trash data and are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or has the highest recycling rate.

2016 Competition
 
Goal: 350,000 lbs recyclables
8-Week Competition Results: 307,400 lbs recyclables
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Eligible Materials:
  • Paper (Boxboard / chipboard, Catalogs, Hard and softbound books, Junk mail, Magazines, Newspaper, Office Paper (all colors) , Phone books)
  • Bottles and cans (Plastics, aluminum cans (i.e. soda, tuna, soup), glass bottles and jars)
  • Cardboard (baled and unbaled cardboard boxes, boxboard / chipboard)
  • Food service organics

To learn more about recycling at Temple, click here

Past Results

2016

Final Totals
Recyclables collected: 307,400 lbs
Cumulative waste per person: 33.23 lbs / person (lowest amount for participating PA universities)
Greenhouse Gas Reduction: 774 MTCO2E (equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 67 households)

2015

Final Totals
Recyclables collected: 333,934 lbs
Cumulative waste per person: 28.21 lbs / person
Greenhouse Gas Reduction: 717 MTCO2E (equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 62 households)
 

2014

Awards
National Winner: 1st Place in Game Day Organics Challenge
Gorilla Prize: 1st Place, Big East (gross tonnage of recyclables)
Waste Minimization Category: 1st Place, Big East (lowest cumulative waste per person)
Grand Champion Category: 3rd Place, Big East
Per Capita Classic: 3rd Place, Big East

Final Totals
Recyclables collected: 470,298 lbs
Cumulative waste per person: 27.46 lbs / person

2012

Awards
Gorilla Prize: 1st Place, Atlantic 10 (gross tonnage of recyclables)
Waste Minimization Category: 1st Place, Atlantic 10 (lowest cumulative waste per person)
Grand Champion Category: 1st Place, Atlantic 10
Per Capita Classic: 5th Place, Atlantic 10

Final Totals
Recyclables collected: 403,101 lbs
Cumulative waste per person: 37.44 lbs / person

2011

Awards
Gorilla Prize: 1st Place, Atlantic 10 (gross tonnage of recyclables)
Waste Minimization Category: 1st Place, Atlantic 10 (lowest cumulative waste per person)

Final Totals
Recyclables Collected: 207 tons (414,640 lbs.)
Cumulative Waste Per Person: 46.51 pounds / person

2010

Awards
Gorilla Prize: 1st Place, Atlantic 10 (gross tonnage of recyclables)

Final Totals
Recyclables Collected: 201 tons (403,190 lbs.)

2009

Awards
Gorilla Prize: 2nd Place, Atlantic 10 and 2nd Place, Pennsylvania (gross tonnage of recyclables)
Waste Minimization: 1st Place, Atlantic 10 (cumulative waste of pounds per person)

Final Totals
Recyclables Collected: 175 tons (349,275 lbs.)

2008

Awards
Gorilla Prize: 2nd Place, Pennsylvania (gross tonnage of recyclables)

Final Totals
Recyclables Collected: 173 tons (346,132lbs.) an increase of 12.% over 2007!