Ohio State Scores Big in RecycleMania Competition


During Spring Semester, Ohio State participated in RecycleMania, a national competition that involves universities competing in several categories to increase recycling and promote its awareness. During this eight-week competition, Ohio State provided recycling information and awareness on campus through marketing and outreach, as well as programs directed toward students, staff and faculty.

The results are in, and Ohio State not only placed 13th in the nation in the total recycling category with nearly 1,000,000 pounds of materials diverted from the landfill, but in Ohio State’s inaugural year of participating in the RecycleMania basketball category, Ohio State came in first place in keeping the most amount of food waste out of the landfill. Results were measured during a single basketball game at the Jerome Schottenstein Center and calculated per attendee.

In addition to the national RecycleMania competition categories, more than 25 residence halls participated in a recycling competition between residence halls through the university’s March Recycling Madness program. This year, German House was the overall winner of the residence hall competition by recycling 30 pounds per resident.

This is part of Ohio State’s continued efforts to advance sustainability across campus and throughout the community, including strategic sustainability goals developed by faculty, staff and students that are designed to enhance and expand policies, operations and practices.