February 2 to March 29
It's a race to the top to recycle the most and waste the least.
RecycleMania is a national competition, pitting over 200 campuses against each other in an effort to recycle the most and waste the least. Let's finish on top of the Big Ten!
Week 5 Activity (March 2-8): Recycle Like a Hawk! Share your Hawkeye pride. Submit a brief statement on why Hawkeyes recycle and reduce waste or use #UIowaRecycleMania on social media. Better yet, submit a photo of you and others recycling with Hawkeye apparel or images. Big bonus--for every person in the photo, that's how many times the person submitting the photo will be entered into our weekly donut drawing!
- We remain in 2nd place in the Big Ten! The UI continues to have a 35% recycling rate, while Purdue has inched up and Northwestern has inched back. See the Big Ten or national rankings and how we're ranked. Let's keep working!
- Donut winners, week 4: Christine Ewert (student, CLAS), Rita Minchk (staff, ITS), and Sonya Housholder (staff, College of Medicine).
Log participation and win prizes each week!
There are three ways to enter the drawing each week for RecycleMania prizes. Choose just one, or choose all three to increase your chances!
- Log your participation below.
- Upload photos here.
- Use #UIowaRecycleMania or post to our Facebook page and add a comment, photo, or video of you doing the activity.
Activity (click on the activity for more details)
How to participate
Log participation via website
This quiz is our foundation of RecycleMania. It equips you with a basic and advanced understanding of recycling and RecycleMania.
Use a reusable mug or water bottle! UI Cafes offer discounts when you use these, and we're giving away RecycleMania mugs at cafes 8-11 a.m. Feb 10-15.
No recycling in the trash!! Compare your trash to our Recycling FAQ Picture Guide, and see what more you can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Tell your recycling, reusing, reducing story! Or, tell your friend’s story!
Take a photo of you and others recycling in Hawkeye apparel, or let us know why Hawkeyes recycle.
Clean out and recycle your office, dorm room, and student organization office.
Be Free From Your Trash
Go a week without using the personal trash at your desk. Use a community bin and eliminate the need for a bag to line your trash can.
Be a Recycling Maniac
Capture your over-the-top recycling and waste reduction efforts through photo or video. Get satirical. Make a parody.
Commit to be a Waste Zero Hero
if you end up participating—and log your participation—in 4 or more activities, you are deemed a WASTE ZERO HERO, and you will be a special invite to our RecycleMania Closing Ceremony in April, where you will be recognized and presented with a certificate of appreciation.
Results (Big Ten and national rankings)
|University of Iowa||2||34.938|
|University of Michigan||4||30.946|
|Michigan State University||5||30.201|
|University of Wisconsin||6||29.673|
|University of Nebraska||7||26.452|
Want to promote Recyclemania in your office, lab, residence hall floor? Here are some materials you can print out or post online, and share with colleagues or friends.
- 11 x17 Poster PDF
- 8 1/2 x 11 Flyer PDF JPG
- 8-week slide 4:3: PowerPoint JPG
- 8-week Slide (1280x760) PowerPoint JPG
- IowaNow news release
- National Reyclemania news release
- Newsletter (1 MB)
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