RecycleMania 2019

 Recyclemania 2019 Tournament


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What is RecycleMania?

RecycleMania is a 8-week long competition between colleges across the U.S. and Canada that tracks the amount of each institutions’ weekly recycling, composting, and trash rates! A few of the universities we are competing against include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Stanford, Yale, and Harvard. Last year, SU placed sixth overall (see our 2018 results here)This year's competition runs from February 3-March 30, 2019. Each week, participating schools will be ranked in different categories based on how well and how much they minimize waste and divert from the landfill! We will post our weekly ranking on this page, so STAY TUNED for competition updates!

Curious about SU's RecycleMania results in past years? See here for the 2018 and 2017 RecycleMania results.


2019 RecyleMania Competition Details: GET INVOLVED!

1. Attend and Volunteer! 

The next 8 weeks will be full to the brim with fun, interactive and educational waste events! We are asking YOU to join us for some or all of the below activities. Come and connect with other wonderful SU community members who are vested in working towards a just and sustainable world!

 For more details about these events, email Nathan Wolk, SU's Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician, at

2. Make small lifestyle changes!

Small lifestyle changes not only reduce the waste you produce, but also encourage others to do the same! Here are some tangible ways to make a difference:

  • Only take the food serving you can finish and help SU reduce its food waste
  • Use a reusable water bottle and reduce plastic waste on campus
  • Use a reusable mug. Bring your own mug to any campus cafe and get a 20-cent discount on hot drinks and soda
  • Use reusable dishware instead of to-go boxes and help reduce waste on campus
  • Educate yourself on what materials are recyclable and compostable - see some resources below!

The EPA breaks down some tangible ideas to make a difference for different environments and people

3. Learn! 

It is estimated that roughly 75% of the waste stream in the United States is recyclable, but only about 30% is actually recycled (EPA, 2018). 

What is Recycling?

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community, the economy and the environment. -EPA, December 2017


Why is it so important?

Even though Recycling is commonly advertised as a positive practice, there are far more reasons for this than those that may seem obvious. 

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  • Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States



Where does Seattle's Trash go?


Find out which different types of waste goes in which bin!

Quickly learning correct waste disposal habits can change the way you and people around you dispose of waste for the rest of your life! Skim through some of these resources to get informed!

Check out Seattle Public Utilities' YouTube playlist to see what goes in which bins


check out this breakdown of waste products released by the EPA


Skim through this flyer below to check out some of the most common compostable and recyclable materials:




Thank you for your support in making our campus SUstainable!

Contact Nathan Wolk at with any questions.

2018 RecycleMania at SU Video


 2019 RecycleMania Goals

1) Divert 80% of our waste during the next 8-week tournament

2) Reach the Top 3 in Recyclemania 2019 final rankings

3) Double participation in Recyclemania by SU members and record our outreach during the events.


This could be you! Volunteers from GARBOLOGY 2018 sorting trash collected from a single day at SU.



Did you know?


It is SU's goal to divert 80% of waste from the landfill by 2020?



That 50% of our trash is actually compostable?



That all of SU's pre-consumers food waste is composted on campus and reused on our grounds?



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