Greening Princeton

at Princeton University

January 28th – April 7th, 2007

What is Recyclemania and how do we win?

Recyclemania is a friendly recycling competition between colleges to increase recycling and decrease waste generated on campuses. This competition will help raise awareness among students and faculty about the potential to reduce trash production and increase recycling participation. A list of participating schools can be found here.

The Recyclemania competition consists of three contests, which college can:

During the 10-week competition, schools will report how much they recycle and throw out by weighing their waste haulers. Recyclemania posts weekly results so you can track how Princeton is doing!

Recyclemania at Princeton is being sponsored by:

  • Greening Princeton
  • Jon Baer, Director, Building Services
    The University’s Waste and Recycling policy is found here

Is Princeton really 'crazy' about recycling?

WHAT CAN YOU RECYCLE ON CAMPUS?

Click here for the guidelines

If you need a recycling container in your room or building, call Building Services at 8-3490 .




Results

Here are our results so far: (quantities in pounds)

Recyclemania Data for 2007
(weight reported in pounds)
               
               
    Municipal Trash Paper Bottles & Cans Total Recycling Total Ratio of Recycling to Overall Waste Total Cumulative percentage
Week # 1 Jan 28 - Feb. 3 76,320 37,080 8,360 121,760 45,440 37.32% 37.32%
      0          
Week # 2  Feb. 4 - Feb. 10 104,960 24,280 9,600 138,840 33,880 24.40% 30.44%
                 
Week # 3  Feb. 11 - Feb. 17 131,440        38,740 6,620 176,800 45,360 25.66% 28.50%
                 
Week # 4  Feb. 18 - Feb 24 119,760 37,680 12740 170,180 50,420 29.63% 28.82%
                 
Week # 5  Feb. 25 - Mar. 3 124,640 43,640 12,740 181,020 56,380 31.15% 29.35%
                 
Week # 6 Mar. 4 - Mar. 10 122,140 35,120 8,480 165,740 43,600 26.31% 28.82%
                 
Week # 7  Mar. 11 - Mar 17 124,240 35,720 13,760 173,720 49,480 28.48% 28.77%
                 
Week # 8  Mar. 18 - Mar 24          102,240        37,500            3,500 143,240 41,000 28.62% 28.75%
                 
Week # 9  Mar. 25 - Mar. 31          114,400        42,979            9,140        166,519          52,119 31.30% 29.05%
                 
Week # 10  Apr.1 - Apr. 7                   -                 -                   -   0 0 #DIV/0! 0.00%
               
Cumulative Total 1,020,140 332,739 84,940 1,437,819 417,679 29.05%  

Rankings

Here's where we stand compared to other schools:
Note: Results are cumulative from week 1 through each week shown

See full rankings.

Week (cumulative) Grand Champion Per Capita Recyclables Waste Minimization Paper Cans/Bottles Food Waste
rank recycling rate rank lbs/person rank lbs/person rank lbs/person rank lbs/person rank lbs/person
1 Jan 28 - Feb. 3 14 37.32 19 14.2 40 11.05 3 3.36 11 0.76    
2 Feb 4 -10 28 30.44 23 7.2 42 23.65 3 5.57 9 1.63    
3 Feb 11-17 22 28.5 23 11.3 54 39.69 9 6.36 12 2.23 19 1.38
5 Feb. 25 -Mar. 3 25 29.35 19 21.01 56 71.56 7 11.52 9 4.54 21 1.38
 8 Mar. 18-Mar. 24 25 28.75 20 33.17 53 115.37 8 18.41 12 6.88 4 28.34
                         

Easy ways to reduce waste:

Facts from the National Recycling Coalition:

Links and Downloads:
Recyclemania info sheet
Recyclemania poster
Recyclemania official site

Press Coverage: