Jan. 29, 2015

For the third straight year, the University of Washington will be competing in RecycleMania, a friendly tournament where national college campuses compete during the course of eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. The UW will take on nationwide universities, including Pac-12 rivals Arizona State University, Stanford, University of Oregon and Washington State University.

In the competition, which starts on February 1, schools compete in 11 categories to see which can recycle the most paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, and food waste on a per capita basis; which can produce the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges. The competition runs through March 28, with final results to be announced in mid-April.

Leading the charge for the UW Recycling department is a student committee consisting of ten students organized by UW Housing & Food Services, Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) and UW Recycling. During the kick-off week of February 2-6, UW mascots will make appearances during a donut giveaway tabling event in Red Square: Dubs (the official­­ live mascot of the University) and Sqwatch (from the Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability). Interactive events scheduled to take place throughout the duration of the competition include the Display Your Trash Challenge, which encourages individuals to demonstrate how little waste they generate by carrying their bagged trash with them for one day and challenging their friends to do the same. In March, the campus community will have the opportunity to enter an art contest based on the use of found and recyclable materials. There will also be chances to win prizes through an Instagram photo contest, a recycling and compost pledge, and a recycling quiz.

To learn more about RecycleMania at UW and the scheduled events, follow UW Recycling on Facebook.