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UMD Ranks Highly in Annual RecycleMania Tournament

April 26, 2016
Contacts: 

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

UMD surpasses 2015 results in every category, ranks in the top 20 for pounds recycled

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland ranked highly in the 2016 RecycleMania tournament, the nation’s premier waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities. This year, UMD surpassed its 2015 results in every category, and ranked No. 19 nationwide in the Gorilla category with 776,712 pounds of recycling throughout the competition. 

The 2016 competition featured 350 schools participating from 48 states in the United States, Washington D.C. and Canada, with an enrollment of 4.4 million students. Competing colleges and universities were ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collected over two months. Between February and April, UMD saved 918 metric tons of CO2 over an 8 week period – comparable to keeping more than 180 cars off the road or the energy consumption of 79 households during this period of time.

Other UMD highlights from the competition included: 

  • No. 1 in the state of Maryland and No. 19 nationwide in the Gorilla category with 776,712 pounds of recycling throughout the competition
  • No. 1 in the state of Maryland and No. 2 in the Big Ten for the Food Service Organics category, collecting 5.34 pounds of compostables per person
  • No. 2 in the state of Maryland and No. 2 in the Big Ten for the Waste Minimization category, generating 40.187 pounds of recycling per person
  • Overall improved recycling rate of 41.91% during RecycleMania competition 8-week period (increase of 4.36% from 2015)

A new UMD theme for this year’s competition, “Clean the Stream in 2016” focused on educating the university community about how to recycle properly, putting an emphasis on items that should not be placed in campus recycling bins. 

“RecycleMania is always an exciting time for Terps Recycle. This year we focused on the quality of our collections,” said Bill Guididas, Coordinator, Building and Landscape Maintenance, Facilities Management. “The theme was ‘Clean the Stream in 2016’ and the results were wonderful.”

Continued outreach efforts also proved effective for UMD with two sensitive document shredding and e-waste events, educational activities at residence halls, and the third annual “Recycle This!” video contest.

“RecycleMania participants have again demonstrated innovations in recycling and new ways to reduce waste,” said Stacy Wheeler, president of RecycleMania, Inc. “These campus efforts will influence students’ lifelong recycling habits, which will ultimately help to address some of the planet's most pressing challenges.”

Click here to see a full breakdown of UMD’s results.