RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the least amount of trash per capita, have the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, or the highest recycling rate. Each week, participating schools compare their results to other schools while rallying their campus communities to recycle more and more.

Stephens College, University of Missouri-Columbia claim top RecycleMania honors

The 2009 Recyclemania competition began January 18 and ended March 28. In 10 weeks, Missouri RecycleMania schools recycled more than 728 tons of materials. Recovery of these materials prevented the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions from 351 passenger cars or the electricity use of 266 homes.

Stephens College and the University of Missouri-Columbia, both located in Region H, were recognized for participation in the 2009 RecycleMania competition by Gov. Jay Nixon as part of the Missouri Recycles Day ceremony held Nov. 18, 2009 at the governor’s office.

RecycleMania is a nation-wide annual contest to determine campuses that reduce, reuse and recycled the most waste. “The value of RecycleMania is that it spurs environmental awareness on campuses,” said Rob Didriksen, Missouri State Recycling Coordinator. “Students learn to rethink their waste by recognizing that bottles, cans, paper and cardboard are valuable commodities.”

Stephens College placed first in the Paper Recycling Division and in the top 15 in three additional divisions.


Stephens College placed first nationally in the Paper Recycling Division by recycling more than 40 pounds of paper per person each week during the 10-week competition. The college also placed 9th in the Cardboard Recycling Division; 15th in the Bottles & Cans Recycling Division; and 4th in the Per Capita Classic Division.

The University of Missouri—Columbia claimed 13th place in the Gorilla Prize Division.

The University of Missouri—Columbia claimed 13th place in the Gorilla Prize Division.

Pictured: Steve Burdic-UM Sustainability Office, Gov. Jay Nixon, Tina Casagrand-Sustain Mizzou.

Missouri Recyclemania participants included: Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Northwest Missouri State University, Park University, Stephens College, Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Washington University in St. Louis.

Many of Missouri’s participants placed in the Top25 of the 500 schools participating in the contest from across the country. These top finishers included:

Paper Recycling
1st place: Stephens College
7th place: Truman State University
24th place: Washington University in St. Louis

Per Capita Classic
4th place: Stephens College
8th place: Truman State University

Bottles & Cans Recycling
15th place: Stephens College
17th place: Truman State University

Cardboard Recycling
8th place: Truman State University
9th place: Stephens College

Gorilla Prize
13th place: University of Missouri-Columbia