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RecycleMania 2018

What Is RecycleMania?
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an eight-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. For more information about the structure and rules of the competition and the various contests, visit the RecyleMania website.

How to Get Involved

Here are some steps you can take to boost recycling on campus:

 Get to know Drexel Recycling. Did you know Drexel practices single-stream recycling? No need to sort your paper from plastic – it all goes to the same place. Visit for information and resources on what is (and is not) recycled at Drexel, how and where to recycle various materials, and how recyclables are processed.

 Tell your friends. Print out our Drexel Recycling Guide [PDF] in your office, residence hall, trash room, common area, etc., and encourage others to recycle items they may not have realized were recyclable.

 Surrender your trashcan! Keep recycling bins handy but move trashcans to a centralized area in your office or residence hall. Forcing yourself (and your colleagues) to walk farther to throw something away increases the likelihood you'll opt for recycling.

 Start spring cleaning early. Take this opportunity to de-clutter and properly dispose of unwanted items you’ve been meaning to recycle for weeks. The more you recycle during the next eight weeks, the better Drexel's numbers will be.

 Come to a RecycleMania Collection Event.

Collection Events

Drexel Green will host a RecycleMania collection event on all three Philadelphia campuses. Paper, cell phones, computer equipment* and plastic, glass and aluminum containers will be accepted for recycling at the following dates, times and locations.

Queen Lane

  • Where: Outside the main entrance in front of the flagpole
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

University City

  • Where: Recreation Center Lobby, 33rd and Market Street
  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Center City

  • Where: New College Building, Geary Lobby
  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* The only way to ensure data stored on a hard drive is properly deleted is to overwrite it with pseudorandom numbers using a program called DBAN (see Drexel IT DBAN FaQ for more information, and contact if you need assistance). Drexel Green will be accepting old computers and other electronic devices for recycling at its three RecycleMania collection events, but it is the department's responsibility to ensure the hard drive is properly deleted. Drexel Green will not accept any devices for recycling that have not been properly and securely wiped.

Game Day Challenge

This year's Game Day Challenge will take place at the Drexel men's basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. We will be tracking all the materials recycled at the Daskalakis Athletic Center as the Drexel Dragons take on the University of Delaware Blue Hens.

RecycleMania's Goals

  • Motivate students and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation.
  • Generate attention and support for campus recycling programs.
  • Encourage colleges to measure and benchmark recycling activity in their effort to improve their programs over time.
  • Have a fair and friendly competition.

Drexel 2017 Results

During the 2017 RecycleMania competition, Drexel achieved the following:

  • Game Day Challenge - First Place Winner! Drexel finished 1st out of 30 participating colleges/universities in the Game Day Challenge that took place on February 18 at the Drexel Dragons men's basketball game against Elon University at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. 1,300 pounds of recyclable materials were collected for an attendance of approximately 1,200 visitors.
  • Per Capita Classic Category: Drexel recycled 4.9 pounds per capita.
  • Diversion Category: Drexel recycled at a rate of 21.6 percent.
  • Electronics Equipment Category: Drexel recycled 12,500 pounds of computers and electronic equipment.
  • Waste Minimization Category: Drexel placed 27th out of 135 reporting schools, averaging 22.5 pounds per capita of trash.
  • Total Recycling: Drexel placed 100th out of 214 reporting schools, collecting 150,500 pounds of recyclable material.


For more information on RecycleMania and general questions about Drexel's recycling program, email