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RecycleMania is a ten-week cooperative recycling competition geared towards universities and colleges nationwide to see who can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita. Recyclables are weighed out and reported each week by each institution and the winners receive a RecycleMania trophy, awards, and/or participation certificates. More importantly, RecycleMania is a great way to get everyone involved in recycling and spread awareness of good waste management practices. 

Go to the RecycleMania website and click on results to see how Texas State is ranking nationwide. You can even filter results by state!

Competition Categories:

Grand Champion: The Grand Champion category combines trash and each of the core recyclable materials to determine a school’s recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation.

Stephan K Gaski Per Capita Classic: In this category, schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard, and bottles, and cans on a per-person basis.

Waste Minimization: In the Waste Minimization category schools compete to see which produces the least amount of both recyclables and trash on a per person basis.

Gorilla Prize: The Gorilla Prize category recognizes schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, and bottle and cans regardless of the campus population.

Targeted Materials:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cans & Bottles
  • Food Service Organics


*OCC and paperweights are estimated by taking averages from weight tickets. At the end of the ten weeks, all weight tickets are reviewed and recalculated to reflect the true average.

**Food Service Organic weights were provided by Bobcat Blend from around campus dining halls.