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Environment / Sustainability

Minimize waste, recycle, help our planet, and win

February 9, 2009

RecycleMania, is a 10-week recycling competition currently underway between colleges and universities across the nation. This year, more than 500 universities are participating, including Colorado State University.

RecycleMania contest underway

Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the:

  • largest amount of recyclables per capita
  • largest amount of total recyclables
  • least amount of trash per capita; or
  • have the highest recycling rate

Weekly reports in pounds

The main goal of the event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. All participating schools are required to report measurements in pounds on a weekly basis.
To increase awareness of campus recycling and remind you to do your part to work toward waste minimization, check out the following trivia questions to sharpen and test your conservation knowledge.

Did you know. . .

Q: Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a TV for ___ hours.

A: 3 hours (

Q: Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves over how many cubic yards of landfill space?

A: 9 cubic yards (

Q: If you recycle just 2 gallons of used motor oil it can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost ___ hours.

A: 24 hours (

Q: Americans generated about ___ pounds per person per day of waste in 2007. This is a decrease of 0.6 percent from 2006 to 2007.

A: 4.62 pounds per person per day (

Q: The typical American household does 400 loads of laundry a year, using about how many gallons of water a year?

A: 16,000 gallons for a 40 gallon/load washer (Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair, by Denis Hayes, p. 106) 

Q: Americans throw away enough wood and paper every year to heat 5 million homes for how many years?

A: 200 years (

Q: It takes ___ % less energy to manufacture paper from recycled stock than from virgin materials?

A: 60% (

Q: Every 10 days, motorists who drive with under-inflated tires and poorly maintained engines waste ___ gallons of gas?

A: 70 million gallons (

Q: What two schools started the RecycleMania contest?

A: Miami University of Ohio and Ohio University ( 


:  EPA and RecycleMania.

Learn more about RecycleMania and campus recycling and recyclable materials.