2014 RecycleMania Informtion


From February 2 to March 29, Michigan State University will compete in RecycleMania, an annual eight-week recycling competition between more than 400 colleges and universities across North America. Schools compete in several categories to see who can collect the most recyclable materials and reduce their landfilled waste. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of recycling and waste management programs at participating schools by involving students, faculty and staff in a fun and friendly competition.

MSU is competing in three categories again this year: Gorilla Prize, E-cycleMania, and Grand Champion. Gorilla Prize recognizes the school that can collect the most total paper, plastic, cardboard and household metal. Last year, MSU finished fourth overall in Gorilla Prize by recycling over 1 million pounds of material. E-cycleMania is similar to Gorilla Prize, but e-waste (electronics) is tallied instead of all recyclable material, and data is only submitted for a one month window instead of all eight weeks. Grand Champion focuses on recycling rate, which is calculated as the percentage of total waste that is recycled instead of sent to the landfill. MSU finished second in the Big Ten last year with a 35.8% recycling rate, up from 33.5% the year before, and is aiming for a 40.0% recycling rate this year.

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.

Current Standings

Standings are updated the Friday following the reporting week to allow schools time to gather and report weekly information. Be sure to check out our RecycleMania profile page.

Overall Goals for RecycleMania

  • 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.


MSU’s Goals for RecycleMania 2014

  • Collect over 1 millions pounds of:
    • White Paper
    • Mixed Paper
    • Books (hard and soft cover books, catalogs, directories, textbooks and magazines)
    • Cardboard
    • Boxboard
    • All Plastics – Rinsed or wiped clean
    • Household Metal
    • Glass
  • Collect over 100,000 pounds of electronics (March 3 -March 29)


What Can You Do?

Clean out your files with free document destruction

Order a free confidential shred container. These special containers are the same size as your current hallway recycling containers.

To sign up your department/unit:

  1. Make a service request.
  2. Under “What type of service do you require” select – Drop Off.
  3. Under “What type of container needs service” select – Secure Slim Jim.
  4. Under “What commodity will we be collecting” select – Mixed Office Paper/Boxboard.
  5. Complete request and submit.

Recycle Books

Send small quantities of books for reuse and recycling through campus mail, either in an envelope or repurposed paper box. Clearly label the container for “Recycling” before shipping. For larger quantities, order a hamper from us.

Hold an Electronic Waste Collection

This year’s RecycleMania campaign allows for a month long collection of electronic waste from both the office and home. Containers will be available March 3-29, 2014.

Host a collection:

  • Buildings on campus can host their own electronic collection between March 3-29. Email for more information.

Drop Off:

  • Join us for a special electronics collection on Saturday, March 15 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center, 468 Green Way. Electronics from the general public will be accepted at this collection. E-waste includes computers, printers, office electronics, cell phones, hand held electronics, televisions, stereos, ancillary items such as chargers, cords, etc, and miscellaneous consumer electronics.

Previous Competition Results

Grand Champion Gorilla Prize Electronics
(Recycling Rate) (Pounds Recycled) (Pounds Recycled)
Year Rank Recycling Rate Rank Pounds Rank Pounds
2013 82 35.84% 4 1,015,341 57 16,933
2012 96 33.54% 4 947,187 3 58,000
2011 209 21.59% 18 533,635  NA NA



Surplus Store and Recycling
468 Green Way
East Lansing, MI 48824

Hotline: 517-355-1723
Fax: 517-353-9038