The RecycleMania Tournament is an annual competition among universities in the US and Canada which measures and compares campus waste reduction efforts over an eight-week period from February 2nd to March 28th, 2020. Through RecycleMania, UNT is on a mission to engage students, staff, and faculty in sustainable everyday practices that divert items from the landfill and make recycling and waste reduction both accessible and meaningful to all. Our campus competes in the Stephen K.Gaski Per Capita RecycleMania challenge, which means we'll measure and report the weights of paper, cardboard, and bottles/cans recycled on campus on a per person basis each week.
UNT’s RecycleMania campaign is co-hosted by the UNT We Mean Green Fund, UNT Facilities, and the RecycleMania Student Planning Committee. Additional partners include the University Union, Keep Denton Beautiful Inc., the City of Denton Sustainability Department, UNT Transportation Services, the UNT Police Department, local bike shops, and more.
In light of the 2020 RecycleMania Tournament, a RecycleMania Student Planning Committee was established in fall 2019 to facilitate student leadership and community involvement in the RecycleMania Tournament. Rather than focusing only on increasing recycling efforts on campus, the RecycleMania Student Planning Committee, with funding support from the student-funded We Mean Green Fund, developed an eight-week campaign known as the “8 R’s of Reducing Waste.” The 8 R's (Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Refurbish, Repurpose, and Recycle) identify a strategic order in which we can replace our waste creation habits with resourceful habits before choosing to toss something into the trash or recycling bin. Each week of RecycleMania will feature social media challenges, waste reduction tips, and events focused on one of the 8 R's to inspire the UNT community to get involved.
PLEASE NOTE: MARCH 16th & MARCH 26th EVENTS ARE CANCELLED
Click the images below for more information about each event.
Plastic bags should never be placed in a typical campus recycling receptacle! Plastic bags are notoriously hard to recycle items; they get caught up in recycling equipment and need to be recycled separately from other recycled materials. During RecycleMania, the We Mean Green Fund will host a Plastic Bag Recycling Competition wherein Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Grad Students, and Staff/Faculty will compete weekly to recycle the most plastic bags at the designated drop-off station. You're invited to bring your clean, dry, empty, food-free plastic bags to the drop-off station located on the first floor of the Student Union to the left of the Corner Store. Need to find a plastic bag drop-off location after RecycleMania ends on March 28th? After March 28th, please bring your plastic bags to a local grocer or retailer who accepts them. Bags brought to our RecycleMania drop-off location between February 2nd and March 28th will be delivered to Sprouts Farmers Market on Teasley Lane in Denton. Sprouts Farmers Market sends these plastic films to TREX. Find out more about what TREX does with unwanted plastic bags to protect the environment here.
Donate your unused, approved UNT merch in Union 376 by February 17th for the UNT Merch Swap event
Engage in RecycleMania social media competitions to win UNT waste reduction swag like reusable bags and bottles
Choose the recycling bin when disposing of clean paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans on campus. Items with any food or drink residue should not be recycled as they will contaminate other recyclables in the same bin. Choose the trash bin for trash (especially for anything with food or drink on or in it)
Set a reminder to empty your personal recycling bin into the communal recycling receptacles prior to the end of each week so your recycled items can be included in UNT's weekly stats
Use the City of Denton Waste Wizard to find out how to properly dispose of recyclables in Denton
Keep up with the 2020 RecycleMania Tournament results here
Review 2019 RecycleMania results here.
For questions about RecycleMania at UNT, please contact WeMeanGreenFund@unt.edu.