Campus Race to Zero Waste

Campus Race to Zero Waste, formerly known as RecycleMania, is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

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Eight Weeks of Campus Race to Zero Waste

Over an eight-week period in February and March, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste 

  • Competition dates: January 31 to March 27
  • 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.

View Participating Schools  

View Past Results

How to Help

  • 1) HOST AN EVENT and help Kent State in the Zero Waste Competition Category! Online and virtual events are encouraged.  Reminder: in-person events must follow Kent State's Flashes Safe Eight and must adhere to Kent State, Ohio Department of Health, city, and county guidelines.
    • 1) any education campaigns on waste reduction and responsible recycling to reduce contamination (0.15 points per educational effort) OR 
    • 2) activities such as move-out to resell or donations efforts, fix-it fairs, distribution of reusable items for students, faculty, staff, etc. (0.2 points per reuse activity) during Campus Race to Zero Waste counts as points towards the Zero Waste Competition Category.
  • 2) Use #KSUrecycles on Instagram and Twitter. Photos will appear on our tagboard here: https://www.kent.edu/sustainability/ksurecycles
    • Show us what you’re doing to REDUCE, REUSE or RECYCLE in February and March on Instagram or Twitter

Kent State Campus Race to Zero Waste Custodian Award Nomination

Do you think your custodian is fabulous? Do they do an amazing job? Recognize them! NOMINATE custodial staff to be entered for a chance to win a Campus Race to Zero Waste Custodian Award. Any Kent State persons can nominate (students, faculty, staff)! Nominations due by midnight March 27. 

Campus Race to Zero Waste Custodian Award Nomination Form 

FREE Resident Assistant Campus Race to Zero Waste Floor Programs

SUBMIT activities/programs for ZERO WASTE COMPETITION CATEGORY

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KSU Recycling & Waste Trivia

KSU Recycling Facts

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E-Cycle Drive

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E-Cycle Drop-off Map 

Campus Recycling & Landfill Guides

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Kent State Competitions

Everyone is a participant in Campus Race to Zero Waste. Your actions on campus reducing, reusing and recycling prevent waste from going into landfills and contribute to Kent State's Campus Race to Zero Waste standings. 

  • Hall-to-Hall Competitions: Halls will have a chance to earn a $200 for their Hall Council, Hots Points and a tree planting. Halls are divided up into competition categories.
  • #KSUrecycles tagboardHelp promote Kent State’s ongoing recycling efforts and stay connected during Campus Race to Zero Waste by including #KSURecycles on Twitter and Instagram
  • Custodian Award Nomination: Custodian staff have a chance to be recognized 

REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

The eight-week event the includes a tournament between Kent State University and the University of Akron. This head-to-head competition is based on what school recycles the most per capita. The winner at the end of eight weeks receives the Braggin’ Wheel, a trophy made of recyclable materials, and braggin’ rights for the year.

National Recognition

Throughout the United States and Canada, over 300 colleges and universities are participating in Campus Race to Zero Waste. National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the Campus Race to Zero Waste website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.

See where Kent State ranks on the virtual scoreboard.

Access the Scoreboard

E-Cycle Drive

Kent State University holds a FREE electronics recycling drop-off event, called E-Cycle Drive, open to students, faculty, staff and the Kent community. E-Cycle Drive is hosted by Kent State's University Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability. Electronics recycling from the community and the Kent Campus contributes to Kent State University’s standings in Campus Race to Zero Waste. 

2021 E-Cycle Drive is March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Kent State University R-17 Parking lot behind Starbucks, between S. Willow Street and S. Lincoln Street. 
Members of both the campus and city of Kent community can recycle used electronics through Infinite Electronics Recycling, LLC, an R2 certified recycler, where materials are handled in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Materials permitted at E-Cycle Drive include: flat screen TVs, personal computers, laptop computers, servers and storage devices, monitors (CRT, LCD),  flat screen TVs docking stations, floppy drives, DVD/CD burners, VCRs, circuit boards, scanners, copiers, printers, cables, wires, extension cords, digital cameras, cellular phones, DVD players, network and telecom equipment and small kitchen appliances. Kitchen appliances larger than a microwave are NOT accepted at E-Cycle Drive. Everyone should wear a mask. All items will be put in large boxes by the public. Kent State staff will not be removing items from vehicles and will watch from a distance.