Recycle Mania

Northeastern recognized in 2010 RecycleMania competition


The Massachusetts College and University Recycling Council presented Northeastern with a certificate of achievement for excellence in two recycling categories: garbage and food.

The University was ranked #5 in the state for recycling paper, plastic, and other recyclable items with nearly 380,000 tons recycled in 2009. And it ranked #2 in the state for composting nearly nine pounds of organic food per person. This year, 607 schools nationwide participated nationwide.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week's reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more.