April 19, 2016 - 5:57pm
Syracuse has come in 48th place in the eight-week competition which keeps track of the recycling data of 207 schools nationwide.

It started 15 years ago with a friendly competition between two rival Ohio colleges. Both Ohio University and Miami University had similar recycling programs, and both wanted to increase their recycling rates in dining halls and dorms. So the schools’ recycling coordinators decided to motivate students by channeling their competitive spirits — and RecycleMania was born.

“We didn’t know if it would work or not,” said Stacy Wheeler, president and co-founder of the tournament that became RecycleMania. “After the second week, I realized that we had created a monster.”

March 2, 2015 - 2:48pm
SU has a short history with Recyclemania, but it is just the beginning in a step forward in improving on-campus recycling.

Recyclemania is running wild. Started in 2001, Recyclemania is a competition that pits universities against one another in a recycling competition.

March 24, 2014 - 6:17am
The national recycling competition reaches Syracuse as students and staff continue to work toward sustainability.

The discarded beer cans on a Friday night ended up in a 1,612-pound heap of garbage Saturday afternoon. Ten students from the Waste Watchers course last fall donned hard hats, leather gloves, boots and white Tyvek suits to dig through it in the hot, humid Syracuse Haulers building.