Stanford University won first place in the 2020 RecycleMania competition for reducing the most food waste. Thanks to the participation of students, staff, and faculty, Stanford donated over 11,000 pounds of food to local organizations, in addition to more than 415,000 pounds that can converted to animal feed or biofuels. The university also composted over 87,000 pounds of food waste, with these efforts combining to keep more than 515,000 pounds of food waste out of the landfill -- that's the weight of two blue whales!
RecycleMania is a national waste minimization competition among nearly 300 college campuses across 43 states. While COVID early closings caused the competition to reduce from its full eight weeks down to five, Stanford performed well across the board. The annual competition is just one effort that helps Stanford on its path to Zero Waste by 2030.