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Campus Waste to Zero Waste

Campus Race to Zero Waste

UMass Amherst continues its commitment to waste reduction, recycling, and composting by signing on to the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania) competition. UMass Amherst is competing against 400 other universities and colleges in a national competition that runs every year and that helps colleges and universities advance campus recycling and waste reduction efforts. 

What is Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecylceMania)?

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UMass Amherst is participating in the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste: A national campus waste-reduction competition that runs from January 31, 2021 to March 27, 2021. Each week the University will compete against other colleges and universities throughout the nation to keep more waste out of landfills. 

So.. Get in the game

Reduce your waste! Reuse items when possible! Recycle properly, wipe it out and get in the right bin (Recycle / Food Waste / Trash)! Visit Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania) to learn more. 

How do I participate?

Get it to the bin! Recycle your recyclables and compost your food waste & compostable containers. Make sure that you review the signs that indicate what items are accepted. Remember compostables go in the trash (not the recycling) where compost bins are not available. Learn more about what is and isn't recyclable at UMass.


Laurie Simmons
Sustainability Coordinator for Residential Life
University of Massachusetts Amherst

When are results announced?

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Track current rankings for the national competition on the RecycleMania Leaderboard.

General information regarding the campus competition is available at Sustainable UMass.

Information and current standings for the Residence Hall competition will be circulated through UMass social medial channels and available at Living at UMass. The final results of the national competition will be announced on April 16th, 2018.

Each week, five randomly selected residents of the winning residence hall will receive solar chargers!
AND if UMass Amherst wins a category in the national competition, the University will be featured on the
RecycleMania website and receive a national press release. UMass will also receive an awesome award made
out of recyclable materials and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for next year!

Contact Laurie Simmons or read more about the Recycle Mania Tournament here.

National Rankings

We have chosen 10 schools from the national competition to follow closely and try to compete against head to head! These include schools of similar size and organization, and some in the local area!  



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Week 7

Final Results

Congradulations to UMass and thank you to everyone who participated throroughly! There's still room for improvememnt, so keep recycling!

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