Minnesota State Mankato participated in ReycleMania (now Campus Race to Zero Waste) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.

The competition typically begins the first Sunday in February and ends the last  Saturday of March with recycling numbers per capita posted weekly for eight weeks. Campus activities will take place throughout the competition.

Game Day Competition



  • RecycleMania is a trademarked program of the RecycleMania,Inc. RecycleMania, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization governed by a board of directors made up of recycling and sustainability managers from a variety of participating universities.
  • More information on Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania), visit the website at
  • National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release.
  • Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

Recycling at Minnesota State Mankato