Zero waste Stanford

Waste Awards

RecycleMania Results

Every spring Stanford participates in RecycleMania, a national competition aimed at reducing landfill and increasing recycling and composting on college campuses.  During the eight week competition, Stanford's waste is weighted and compared against 400+ colleges and universities. Proper sorting behaviors are encouraged through an online pledge drive, tabling events across campus, and in-person trainings.

  • In the RecycleMania 2016 contest, Stanford scored in the top 20 in six of the eight categories: per capita (16); gorilla (2); paper (7); cardboard (5); bottles and cans (6); and food waste (6)
  • In the RecycleMania 2015 contest, Stanford scored in the top 25 in six of the eight categories: per capita (21); gorilla (6); paper (14); cardboard (10); bottles and cans (9); and food waste (10)
  • In the RecycleMania 2014 contest, Stanford scored in the top 25 in six of the eight categories: per capita (23); gorilla (9); paper (16); cardboard (12); bottles and cans (14); and food waste (14)
  • In the RecycleMania 2013 contest, Stanford scored in the top 30 in five of the eight categories: per capita (40); gorilla (7); paper (16); cardboard (21); bottles and cans (18); and food waste (18)
  • In the RecycleMania 2012 contest, Stanford scored in the top 30 in six of the eight categories: per capita (28); gorilla (9); paper (16); cardboard (14); bottles and cans (19); and food waste (14)
  • In the RecycleMania 2011 contest, Stanford scored in the top 20 in six of the eight categories: per capita (16); gorilla (2); paper (11); cardboard (12); bottles and cans (16); and food waste (17)
  • In the RecycleMania 2010 contest, Stanford scored in the top 25 in six of the eight categories: per capita (21); gorilla (3); paper (11); cardboard (20); bottles and cans (23); and food waste (6)
  • In the RecycleMania 2009 contest, Stanford scored in the top 20 in five of the eight categories: per capita (16); gorilla (3); paper (9); cardboard (17); and food waste (6)
  • In the RecycleMania 2008 contest, Stanford scored in the top 10 in six of the eight categories: per capita (7); gorilla (1); paper (5); cardboard (8); bottles and cans (10); and food waste (8)
  • In the RecycleMania 2007 contest, Stanford scored in the top 20 in six of the eight categories: per capita (14); gorilla (2); paper (3); cardboard (9); bottles and cans (18); and food waste (13)

Program Awards

  • College/University Recycling Award, American Forest and Paper Association (2009)
  • Environmental Achievement Award, for the Environmental Health and Safety battery recycling and mercury thermometer replacement program, Environmental Protection Agency (2002)
  • Outstanding School Program Award, National Recycling Coalition (2002)