Monday, February 10, 2014

UIC Kicks Off its 2014 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition

UIC Kicks Off its 2014 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition
14th Annual Competition Focuses on Student Engagement   

 Chicago, IL (Feb. 10, 2014) – The University of Illinois at Chicago has successfully kicked off its participation in the 2014 RecycleMania tournament, the national competition in which college campuses compete over eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.

In addition to UIC, 461 schools, with more than 5.3 million students and 1.2 million faculty and staff are participating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Schools compete in 11 categories to see which recycles the most on a per capita basis; which produces the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. The competition runs through March 30.

UIC will compete in the formal competition, which ranks schools based on standardized weight measurements. 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. Additional categories recognize successful recycling at home basketball games and call attention to the recyclability of film plastic and scrap electronics.

Updated rankings published online each Friday allow schools to track their progress and rally to improve their standings against rival colleges.

UIC recycles many materials- from paper to plastic to electronics to laboratory materials and almost everything in between! You can participate in many ways. 1) Take the recycling pledge at 2) place all paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and plastic in to the proper recycle bins. 3) Clean out your office by recycling all your old paper files. Request a “green tote” to be delivered to your door. 4) Send old electronics, batteries and computers to electronics recycling. 5) Recognize people around you that are going above and beyond to recycle! Got a co-worker or classmate that makes everyone recycle properly or know a UIC Building Service Worker busting their tail to get recycling done in your building? Let us know at

UIC will post updates about the Recyclemania competition to You can also check to see how your specific building is doing!

“Every year UIC participates and we are among the best!  In the category for total weight of recyclables, UIC placed sixth in 2013.”  said Joe Iosbaker, UIC Recycling Coordinator. “This year, we hope to break into the top 5”.

“RecycleMania is exciting because it builds on traditional college rivalries by adding recycling to the list of things that schools can brag about when it comes to their archrivals," said Stacy Wheeler, president of RecycleMania, Inc. "The competition aspect of the event makes it fun and helps to encourage everyone on the entire campus to make recycling a part of their daily routines."  

In 2013, 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered, which prevented the release of greenhouse gases comparable to the carbon sequestered by 99,535 acres of U.S. forests in one year. 

Top schools in the 2013 competition included University of Missouri Kansas City in the Grand Champion category; California State University San Marcos, in the Per Capita Classic; and Valencia College, which won the Waste Minimization category for the second straight year.

“Encouraging waste reduction and recycling among college students is crucial to building and sustaining vibrant communities, both on campuses and beyond,” said Keep America Beautiful’s Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling.  “Supporting Recyclemania is a key component of KAB’s efforts to improve recycling on college campuses.”

The competition is made possible with the continued sponsorship support of the Alcoa Foundation, the American Forest & Paper Association, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA Tissue.

A complete list of participants can be found at For more information about UIC’s RecycleMania program, contact

About RecycleMania
RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. Today, RecycleMania is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc. The program is made possible with sponsorship support from the Alcoa Foundation, American Forest & Paper Association, The Coca-Cola Company and SCA. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful with additional program support from the U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). RecycleMania is proud to partner with UNCF Special Programs, the Campus Conservation Nationals, National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). To learn more about RecycleMania, visit 

About UIC
UIC ranks among the nation’s top 50 universities in federal research funding and is Chicago’s largest university with 25,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world. 

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