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2015 RecycleMania tournament is the national competition in which college campuses compete over eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.

Schools compete in 11 categories to see which recycles the most on a per capita basis; which produces the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. The competition runs through March 30.

Schools will compete in these categories to see which can recycle the most paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, and food waste on a per capita basis; which can produce the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. Additional categories recognize successful recycling at home basketball games and call attention to the recyclability of film plastic and scrap electronics.

This year Clemson University also participated in the 3R Actions Challenge, a new competition in 2015 that challenges students to support their school by sharing when they recycle, compost, reuse or reduce to generate points through social media.

2015 RecycleMania Results

In the Grand Champion Category Clemson finished #1 in South Carolina, #5 in the ACC, and 99th Nationally with a Recycling Rate of 35%, which measures the total amount of trash against recycling.

For the Gorilla Award which measures total amount recycled, Clemson University recycled 320,495 lbs. of Plastic Bottles, Cans, Paper, Cardboard, and Food Waste and placed #1 in South Carolina, 9th in the ACC, and 59th Nationally.


Clemson University received an Honorable Mention Award in the Case Study Competition called "Waste Less - Promote More: Engagement and Innovation Competition," forging new frontiers this year at Clemson University, RecycleMania made its theater debut! The planning and preparation that went into a zero waste theater performance, as well as the incorporation of waste reduction education to the intermission, earned this case study a spot at the top.


Clemson University placed 4th in the Large School catagory of the 3R Actions Challenge, with a total of 552 actions that were texted, tweeted, or posted to the myActions website.