Recyclemania Competition 

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, 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. 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.

At Purdue we hold a friendly competition between the residential community neighborhoods, to see who can divert the most waste from entering our landfills. In 2016, Purdue won 3rd Place in the national competition amongst the Big Ten participating schools.

Congratulations Cornerstone!

Congratulations to Cornerstone for narrowly squeaking out the victory! Mosaic Mile was a close second, at only two-tenths of a percent behind Cornerstone.

Final - Diversion Rates by Neighborhood

Highest Diversion Rate = Competition Leader

Thank you to everyone for their participation. Everyone's collective effort help to divert 145,000 pounds of material from landfills! We would also like to acknowledge the individual, high-performing Residence Halls:

Hillenbrand - 40.2%
Earhart - 37.6%
Third Street Suites - 36.6%
Meredith - 30.5%

Recyclemania Weekly Results

Week 8 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 22.4%
Legacy Lane 23.4%
Mosaic Mile 26.6%
District of Tradition 9.3%
Apartments 11.9%
Week 7 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 25.4%
Legacy Lane 23.4%
Mosaic Mile 28.6%
District of Tradition 10%
Apartments 11.8%
Week 6 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 19.2%
Legacy Lane 34.3%
Mosaic Mile 27%
District of Tradition 33.6%
Apartments 18.2%
Week 5 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 23.3%
Legacy Lane 16.7%
Mosaic Mile 28.6%
District of Tradition 12.1%
Apartments 13%
Week 4 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 32.3%
Legacy Lane 20.3%
Mosaic Mile 26.6%
District of Tradition 24.1%
Apartments 13.4%
Week 3 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 26.1%
Legacy Lane 17.3%
Mosaic Mile 23.1%
District of Tradition 23.5%
Apartments 15.5%
Week 2 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 23.7%
Legacy Lane 17.2%
Mosaic Mile 31.2%
District of Tradition 17.7%
Apartments 14.7%
Week 1 Diversion Rates
Cornerstone 29%
Legacy Lane 18.3%
Mosaic Mile 23.1%
District of Tradition 13.6%
Apartments 14.3%

What Neighborhood am I in?


Third Street Suites

Windsor Halls


Honors College and Residence

Legacy Lane





Mosaic Mile



First Street Towers

District of Tradition

Cary Quad





Hilltop Apartments

Purdue Village