RecycleMania 2017

See photos of RecycleMania events here

From February 5 - April 1, 2017, Seattle University participated for the first time in RecycleMania, a friendly competition between colleges and universities to reduce waste and improve waste diversion on campuses all over the US and Canada. Learn more at

The final results are in!

See below for a summary of the results of the competition. Seattle University is compared to sister schools and schools of similar size. Thank you to everyone for your participation and for helping make Seattle University a leader in waste diversion! You are doing the recycling and composting on campus, minimizing our landfill waste down to 30%. Keep it up!

Highlights of the competition:

  • Seattle University finished 12th out of 190 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada in the Waste Diversion Competition, with a combined recycling and composting rate of 67.53% over the eight-week period.
  • Over 1,500 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling in the month of March.
  • Over 1,200 pounds of re-usable items were collected for donation during Community Recycles Day.

What did the SU community do to help?

  • The RecycleMania kickoff, Garbology, on February 8 was a success! Volunteers went through all of the landfill trash from one day on campus and were able to divert 78lbs of recyclables and 169lbs of compostable materials from the landfill. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and to everyone who engaged in a bit of trash-talking with us!
  • 143 students, faculty, and staff took the SU Recycles Pledge
  • Many community members collected clothes, office supplies, appliances, books, batteries, plastic bags, packaging material, and other goods and brought them to campus on March 29 for SU's Community Recycles Day. 
  • Lovely volunteers showed up for Recyclemania events such as Garbology and Community Recycles Day.
  • The Spectator, the Seattle University newspaper, published articles focused around RecycleMania:

Thank you for your support in making our campus SUstainable!

Contact Eric Elliott at with any questions.

CEJS Facebook