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RecycleMania is a friendly competition among over 600 college and university campus communities nation-wide. It provides the campus with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. RecycleMania is an 8-week competition that begins in early February and continues onto the end of March. Mills will rank according to the weights of recycling, compost and landfill waste. With each community member actively reducing their amount of daily discards, purchasing items that can be recycled or composted, and directing those few discards into the recycling and compost, Mills will rise above the competition and rank well! For more information, look at www.recyclemania.org.

During the 2012 competition, Mills College hosted a competition between the residence halls to see which community recycled and composted the most during the first four weeks. Each day’s compost and recycling were weighed to determine which residence hall had the strongest habits. Those strong habits brought the winning halls the prize of an ice cream party with President DeCoudreaux and a trophy made from materials from the Re-Use Depot. In a fight to the finish, Orchard Meadow Hall won the highest recycling per capita competition and Ethel Moore Hall won the highest compost per capita competition.

Here is where Mills College ranked overall in the 2012 RecycleMania Competition:
Composting per capita: 11th place
Grand Champion (recycling rate): 65th place
Per Capita Classic (recycling): 85th place
Waste Minimization: 108th place


Sustainability Committee

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

Botanic Garden

Food Systems


The Sustainability Center

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Green Department Certification


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Sustainability Committee:

Re-Use Depot
Last Updated: 8/20/12