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RecycleMania 2019

Each year the UH Office of Sustainability facilitates RecycleMania. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. From February 1st to March 31st, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are ranked in various categories. 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. Each university in the RecycleMania competition submits their recycling data once a week to track recycling and waste minimization. View the University of Houston's ranking in the competition online.


Get involved and collect your RecycleMania buttons for a chance to win a Sustainable Semester Survival kit (your choice of one of the below kits)!



How to take Part? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The more waste that UH campus members divert from the landfill, the higher UH will be ranked in the nationwide competition! Learn what you can recycle by visiting the recycling on campus page, and be sure to take part in the button collecting competition to help bump up UH’s score!

The Office of Sustainability is hosting outreach tables and events to increase awareness of and participation in RecycleMania 2019. At each event, the first 50 attendees will receive one of the RecycleMania buttons listed below. Make it extra early and the first 20 visitors will receive an additional “home” shirt made from recycled materials! Details for each event are listed with the corresponding button below:

Recycle 101 Button


Earn this button by bringing your recycling to the Office of Sustainability (4400 University dr, Houston, TX 77204) located by the Cougar Card Office in the Welcome Center on one of the below dates between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Office staff will be at the table to help you be sure what you can and cannot recycle in addition to providing extra info and swag!

Feb 4th

Feb 14th

Feb 21st

                                              Feb 28th

                                              March 6thTune into Facebook Live for a special interview with UH Facilities!

                                              March 21st

CaughtGreenHanded Button

caught.pngEarn this button by posting a photo or video of a friend reducing, reusing, or recycling over the course of the competition (Feb 1 – March 31) and tagging it with the hashtag #caughtgreenhanded. Then stop by our Office to collect your button!





E-Waste Drive Button

bass.pngDo you have the ever present “box of old chargers? Cell phones that need to go? Old Printer cartridges? Earn this button by bringing that e-waste to the 4th Annual UH E-waste recycling drive! The event will be held Thursday, March 28th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Student Center.





Rules and Regulations

To submit their entries, participants must take a picture of their button collections and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with @UHSustain and #UHRecycleMania. They may also email the picture to along with their contact information*. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 31st.

*Five winners will be chosen via random raffle, max one prize per individual

For each button collected, attendees will receive an entry to win a Sustainable Semester Survival prize pack, which includes a kit full of reusable supplies. Participants with all three button types will have their entries doubled!

Full Competition Rules and Regulations