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.


Competition Rank (-- of --) and Cumulative Recycled (lbs/person)

Grand Champion 47 of 208, Weekly recycling rate 46.92%

Per Capita Classic 184 of 296, 7.14 lbs/person

Gorilla 39 of 302, 511,605 lbs

Waste Minimization 55 of 120, 43.97 lbs/person

Food Service Organics 15 of 167, 13.49 lbs/person

GVSU ranked 15 nationwide (for universities with more than 20,000 students) in the composting category of the nationwide recycling contest Recyclemania. Grand Valley also ranked 55th in the nation in the waste minimization category, compared to 80th place in 2015. The category is based on producing the least amount of recyclables, food organics and trash on a per-person basis.
View complete 2016 results at Recyclemania.org

What do we recycle? Where do we recycle? more... 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 www.gvsu.edu/facilitiesservices.


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