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2014 RecycleMania

February 2 - March 29, 2014

GCC competed in the 2014 RecycleMania tournament from February 2 - March 29, 2014. 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.

GCC competed in the following categories:

  • Stephen K Gaski Per Capita Classic. Schools compete to see which can collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans per person. The Per Capita Classic is the original RecycleMania competition. Weekly waste and recycling data is listed on the chart below.
  • Waste Minimization. Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (both recyclables and trash) per person. This competition is intended to reward those schools that generate the least amount of combined waste and recyclables, emphasizing reuse and source reduction over recycling.

During the competition, GCC recycled 29,840 lbs. or 14.92 tons of recyclables. GCC earned 7th place in the Waste Minimization competition. The goal of waste minimization is to reduce overall waste (trash plus recyclables) through waste reduction activities such as the Zero Waste Program. As a direct result of our success in waste minimization, our placement in the other categories is higher. GCC had a 45% reduction in total waste from 2013 to 2014.

Our cumulative GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Reductions during the competition are 44 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent, or 9 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 4 households.

2014 RecycleMania Final Results

Grand Champion
179 out of 256

Per Capita Classic
317 out of 332

280 out of 336

Waste Minimization
7 out of 149

Corrugated Cardboard
140 out of 149

RecycleMania Weekly Results

Week # Weekly Recycling Rate (%) Weekly Recycling (lbs) Weekly Waste (lbs)
1* 27% 2,640 9,940
2* 39% 4,460 11,400
3 24%** 2,820** 11,740
4 29% 3,540 12,100
5 20%** 2,160** 10,960
6 30% 4,180 8,080+
7 16%** 2,980** 9,220+
8 39% 4,100 10,620
9 11% 1,040 9,640
10 20% 1,920 9,680

* The first two weeks are trial weeks.
** Recycling adjusted to remove bulk metals.
Bulk metals are excluded from the competition.
+Waste adjusted to remove bulk "green" waste.

2013 RecycleMania Results

2012 RecycleMania Results

2011 RecycleMania Results

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Content revised 4/11/14