Every spring semester since 2005, Tufts University participates in the country-wide RecycleMania
competition. This 8-week long competition among 547 participating colleges and universities crowns the institution that does the best job reducing its waste each year.
As part of RecycleMania, Tufts students have their own competition to see which dorms are the best recyclers. Between February 5 and March 31, interns visit each dorm and university-owned house to grade the residents on how correctly and thoroughly they are recycling. The interns collect scores once at the beginning of the competition and again at the end of the eight-week period. The goal is to bring out the competitive nature of each dorm.
The Tufts RecycleMania web page
is chock full of resources to help the students, including information on composting, how to request recycling bins, guidelines on furniture reuse, materials for resident advisers, and a whole lot more.
Who will be crowned this year's winner? Right now, the Metcalf West dorm is in the lead with a B+ grade. Among the houses, 12 Dearborn and Crafts House are doing even better. Each has earned a straight A.