Each year the UH Office of Sustainability facilitates RecycleMania. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. From February 1st to March 31st, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are ranked in various categories. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more. Each university in the RecycleMania competition submits their recycling data once a week to track recycling and waste minimization. View the University of Houston's ranking in the competition online.
How to take Part? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
The more waste that UH campus members divert from the landfill, the higher UH will be ranked in the nationwide competition! Learn what you can recycle by visiting the recycling on campus page, and be sure to take part in the button collecting competition to help bump up UH’s score!
Get involved and collect your RecycleMania buttons for a chance to win a Sustainable Semester Survival kit (your choice of one of the below kits)!
The Office of Sustainability is hosting outreach tables and events to increase awareness of and participation in RecycleMania 2019. At each event, the first 20 attendees will receive a RecycleMania button! Make it extra early and the first 10 visitors will receive an additional “home” shirt made from recycled materials! Check out the bonus buttons too for more ways to win.
Rules and Regulations
To submit their entries, participants must take a picture of their button collections and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with @UHSustain and #UHRecycleMania. They may also email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org along with their contact information*. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 31st.
*Five winners will be chosen via random raffle, max one prize per individual
For each button collected, attendees will receive an entry to win a Sustainable Semester Survival prize pack, which includes a kit full of reusable supplies. Participants with all three button types will have their entries doubled!
Full Competition Rules and Regulations (PDF)
Recycle 101 Button
Earn this button by attending one of the events below! Each button counts as one entry.
Feb 4th – Student Center Lunch and Learn Kick Off
Feb 13th – Recycling Map Scavenger Hunt
Feb 20th – Recycling 101 at the Student Center
Feb 27th – Recycling Facility Tour (10 AM)
March 5th – Textile Drive (Pending)
March 12th – Composting in the Garden
March 24th – E-Waste Drive
Earn this button by posting a photo or video of a friend reducing, reusing, or recycling over the course of the competition (Feb 1 – March 31) and tagging it with the hashtag #caughtgreenhanded. Then stop by our Office to collect your button!
E-Waste Drive Button
Do you have the ever present “box of old chargers? Cell phones that need to go? Old Printer cartridges? Earn this button by bringing that e-waste to the Annual UH E-waste recycling drive! The event will be held Tuesday, March 24th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Student Center.