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What is RecycleMania?

RecycleMania is a national inter-campus recycling competition in which over 600 schools nationwide promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities in hopes of becoming the nation's top recycler.

Over an 8-week period schools report their recycling and trash data each week, which are then ranked in the following categories: 

  • Highest recycling rate ("Grand Champion")
  • Largest amount of recyclables per capita ("Per Capita Classic")
  • Largest total amount of recyclables ("Gorilla")
  • Least trash per capita ("Waste Minimization")
  • Individual waste categories such as mixed paper, plastic, glass, food and organics, and e-waste

American University participates in RecycleMania to promote and bring awareness to our community on its commitment to sustainability and zero waste. Questions? Please contact!

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Schedule of Events

February | March | Ongoing


RecycleMania Kickoff - Monday 2/3, 11AM - 2PM

Terrace Dining Hall (TDR), Mary Graydon Center

Learn how American University will participate in the 2014 RecycleMania competition through waste diversion and waste reduction efforts. Test your zero waste knowledge by playing a game of jeopardy to win a RecycleMania prize!


Winter Wear Drive with Staff Council

  • Drop Off 1/28 through 2/4
    3201 New Mexico (Suite 265), 4620 Wisconsin Ave (Floors 2, 3, 4), 4401 Connecticut Ave (5th Floor), 4200 Wisconsin Ave (Suite 301), Washington College of Law (Main Lobby)
  • Main Campus Collection Wednesday 2/5, 9AM - 2PM

    Mary Graydon 1st Floor

    Come join Staff Council in Bender Lobby in donating lightly used winter clothing for local nonprofit, A Wider Circle.


Green Eagles RecycleMania Men's Basketball Game:
1000 Bottles & Cans Recycling Challenge

AU vs. Colgate - Saturday 2/8, Doors at 1:15PM, Tipoff at 2PM

Bender Arena

American University is currently undefeated in the Patriot League! Come support the eagles by attending AU's inaugural Green Eagles RecycleMania Basketball Game on Feb 8 against Colgate.

The first one thousand students to bring an empty can or bottle to the game will receive a new bottle of Coca-Cola product for free! They will also be entered into a raffle to win a Coca-Cola mini dorm fridge!

Doors, pre-game student fan fest, and an environmental club fair will begin at 1:15PM. Game starts at 2PM! During the student fan fest, play trashketball for a chance at prizes including reusable water bottles and travel mugs from recycled materials.

Pictures from the Event | Full Story | Facebook Event Link 

RecycleMania with the Green Eagles - 2/11, 8PM-10PM

Leonard Hatch

Learn what can be composted and recycled in your dorms and play trashketball with the student eco-reps, Green Eagles, for a chance to win a gift card to Whole Foods! 

There will be FREE FOOD, games, and more!

Join the Facebook Link below!
Facebook Event Link

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Junk to Funk - 3/5, 7PM-8:30PM


Use your creativity in turning Junk to Funk next Wednesday, March 5th at 7pm! Groups of 2-5 people will have one hour to turn (provided) trash and recyclables into crafted, sustainable art. Sculptures will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges. The top three teams will receive gift cards to popular restaurants. The grand prize sculpture (judge's choice) will be featured in the Katzen Arts Center!

*The winning sculpture was built by students Alison Shapiro and Billie Case. Congratulations!

See pictures from the event here!

Office Declutter Day - Friday 3/7

Your office!

Join Human Resources, Staff Council, and the Office of Sustainability by participating in AU’s Office Declutter Day on Friday, March 7th. Spend part of your day spring cleaning your office, recycling old papers, and collecting any electronic waste (like CDs, cords, or batteries) for recycling at the March 20th e-waste collection event on the quad.

See pictures of office transformations here!



Book & Media Swap - Thursday 3/20, 9AM-2PM

MGC 1st Floor


American University Staff Council on March 20 to swap books and media. Remember reusing is better than recycling or composting your waste! Bring canned food, we will be donating the local non-profit, A Wider Circle. Like Staff Council on their Facebook page!

E-Waste Drive - Thursday 3/20, 9AM - 3PM

Quad Outside MGC

Students, faculty, and staff can bring personal electronic waste from to be collected and properly recycled or reused. Keeping toxic e-waste out of landfills is a critical part of AU's Zero Waste initiative and a new component of the RecycleMania competition! For e-waste generated in the office or classroom at AU, e-mail for easy pickup (AU items will not be accepted at the drive).


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