RecycleMania

 

 

 

We Recycle. Stanford WINS! 

The RecycleMania competition pits Stanford against 450+ colleges and universities across the country in an effort to waste less and recycle and compost more.  During the February-March campaign, students, staff and faculty across campus join together to reduce Stanford's collective waste footprint and beat out the competition.  
Next year, here's how you can get involved:

1.  Pledge to Recycle!

Check out our tips below and pledge to do your part by recycling correctly and whenever possible.  During the competition, every pledge is an entry into our bi-weekly RecycleMania gift card raffle!

2.  Attend a RecycleMania Event

Keep an eye out for RecycleMania events and happenings across campus winter quarter. Learn more about Caught Green Handed, RecycleMania @ Women's Basketball - Stanford vs. Arizona State, and other events here.

3.  Become a Sustainability Leader in Your Workplace

Open to staff and faculty only
Interested in learning more about how to reduce your waste impact and be a leader in your workplace? The Office of Sustainability's "How to 5R: Best Practices in Waste Reduction" training course provides a hands-on crash course. Available through STARS Open Access, class participants will learn how to recognize opportunities for improving waste reduction strategies.

4.  Learn More About Stanford Recycling

Learn more about how recycling works at Stanford in this brief video:

 

RecycleMania Tips:

  • Reduce — Reduce the amount of waste you generate - whether it's unnecessary packaging or uneaten food from the dining hall. Use less!
  • Reuse — Use reusable plates, cups, and utensils when possible.
  • Recycle — Recycle all cardboard, paper, plastics, metal and glass. Plastic bags, air pillows, and bubble wrap can be placed in the paper recycling bins. (Check out the Zero Waste flyer for recycling guidelines)
  • Rot — Compost all coffee grounds, food scraps, and BPI-certified compostable service ware. (Check out our How to Guides for Voluntary and Café composting programs to add “Rot” to your building’s sustainability checklist)
  • Rebuy — Buy recycled or repurposed products when necessary and possible. (Check out Union Underground, Stanford Surplus, Reuse Portal, and for labs – the Surplus Chemical Program)
     

The RecycleMania Competition

The RecycleMania competition pits Stanford against 450+ colleges and universities across the country in an effort to waste less and recycle and compost more.  Heading into its nineth year of participation, Stanford will report recycling and trash tonnage over an 8-week period, and is then ranked amongst all participating colleges and universities. Competition goals include increasing campus wide engagement in the competition, building upon best practices for waste reduction, and ultimately reducing our waste while increasing our recycling to help Stanford WIN!

Check out the sidebar to the right for 2014 final rankings and past years' results. 

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Stanford’s RecycleMania Performance 2007 – 2014

Stanford’s Current Waste Diversion Rate

Waste Audit Discoveries

The Costs of Not Recycling

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”
—Albert Einstein
“Every student has a role in the stability of our future. It is this ‘niche’ that grounds our position in what we can do personally for the sustainability of our communities, a niche that begins and evolves here on campus.”
—David Geeter II
Co-President, Students for a Sustainable Stanford
“Students can play a major role in promoting sustainability at Stanford. Since we both live and work on campus, every aspect of our daily lives and behavior can have some impact on campus sustainability.”
—Kevan Christensen
Past Co-President, Students for a Sustainable Stanford
“Students can play a major role in promoting sustainability at Stanford. Since we both live and work on campus, every aspect of our daily lives and behavior can have some impact on campus sustainability.”
—Kevan Christensen
Past Co-President, Students for a Sustainable Stanford
Faculty and staff are in a prime position to create a culture of sustainability throughout the university and beyond.
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”
—Albert Einstein
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”
—Albert Einstein
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”
—Albert Einstein

RecycleMania Resources