Campus Race to Zero Waste

Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly recyclemania) logo


What is Campus Race to Zero Waste?

UMass Amherst is competing against hundreds of other universities and colleges in Campus Race to Zero Waste 2021. A national competition that helps colleges and universities advance campus recycling, food waste diversion, and waste reduction efforts. 

How do I participate?

Get it to the bin. Recycle your recyclables (empty dining to-go containers are now RECYCLABLE) and empty your food waste to the FOOD WASTE bin. Make sure that you review the signs that indicate what items are accepted. Remember, no containers or packaging of any kind can go in the Food Waste bin. Check out the campus recycling guidelines!

Get in the game: Reduce your waste! Reuse items when possible! Recycle properly, rinse it and use the right bin (Recycle / Food Waste/ Trash)!

Use Hydration Stations to refill your reusable water bottle and reduce single-use plastic waste. There are over 256 hydration stations on our campus and counting. Check out our plastics reduction initiatives


How long does Campus Race to Zero Waste last?

Campus Race to Zero Waste is an 8-week competition that begins January 31st and ends on March 27th.


When are results announced?

Weekly. Track current rankings for the national competition on the leader board at General information regarding the campus competition is available at 


Results from our last competition in 2018

UMass ranked 3rd against rival schools in 2018. Rutgers University ranked #1, followed by Colorado State University, Fort Collins at #2.

Our national ranking overall was 33, with a grand recycling rate percentage of 50.6%. We ranked 7th in recycling per capita, with a total waste diversion rate of 1, 051,397 lbs diverted. UMass diverted over ONE MILLION pounds of waste! 597 Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent, or 117 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 52 households!