Sustainable Community Development Initiative

GVSU RecycleMania


Grand Valley annually competes in a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs from around the country called Recyclemania.  Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in events to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the largest amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.





Rank &
Cumulative Recycled (% / lbs)

Grand Champion



Per Capita Classic


(lbs/ person)

Waste Minimization


(lbs/ person)

Gorilla Prize


255,148 lbs

View complete 2011 results at

What do we recycle?

Where do we recycle?


The contest runs from January 22nd through April 2nd.  The main goal of the event is to increase student and staff awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.  All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds.

RecycleMania provides many ways to gain recognition, including RecycleMania trophies, awards, and participant certificates.

“Participating in RecycleMania is a way for students to actively think about the waste being produced and opportunities for increasing their recycling habits as well as reducing consumption and reusing items,” said Abbe Forbes, associate director and financial manager of Housing and Residence Life. “(These goals will) hopefully encourage long-term awareness and positive habits.”

History of Recyclemania

RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses.  The contest has expanded rapidly in six years' time from two schools in 2001 to 201 colleges and universities in 2007.

This will be Grand Valley's fifth year competing in RecycleMania.

Grand Valley has recycle stations in every building.  The bins accept plastics (numbered 1,2, and 6), glass, cans, batteries, cardboard and paper. This year, residents in Niemeyer have also implemented a composting program to support the community garden. The community councils are trying to expand this program across campus with the composting of pizza boxes. For more information about Grand Valley's recycling programs, visit

Page last modified January 19, 2012