arial_bigFor two months, Loras College competed with more than 390 colleges and universities in the RecycleMania Tournament, which engages students in increasing recycling and waste reduction on campuses nationwide. Loras finished 59 out of 233 in the Grand Champion (percentage of overall waste that is recycled) category with a 42.89% recycling rate. This is Loras’ sixth year of participating in the challenge.
Loras out-recycled the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the University of Iowa, and Wartburg College in the competition, recycling 70,000 lbs. of organic and recyclable materials during the course of the competition, preventing the release of 45 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere. Throughout ReecycleMania 2015, Loras College recycled at an increasingly higher rate than previous years, making it a great success.
Loras College hosted various events to promote RecycleMania 2015. “We were able to test the waters with events that would encourage reducing, reusing, and recycling. With increased participation in the RecycleMania challenge, we feel that this year’s RecycleMania was a great success,” said Solid Waste Education Office Student Worker Mike Mangialardi. 
A new aspect of the competition, the “3R Actions Challenge,” encourages students to take action by reducing, reusing, and recycling (the 3Rs), and also share those actions via text, Twitter, or a mobile app. Loras College ranked 8th out of 36 in the small college division of the 3R Actions Challenge.
The RecycleMania program is managed by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green and beautifully vibrant communities. Between February 1 and March 28, competing schools recycled or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129, 411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25, 375 cars. The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Alcoa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company.
Complete results for all categories can be found at http://recyclemania.org, including a breakout that shows how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state, and other groupings. The national winners of each category are recognized with an award made from recycled materials.