RecycleMania 2015 ended on March 29 with UMKC taking second place in the Grand Champion category. For the second year in a row UMKC has been in the Top 2 ranking.

A highlight of the eight-week competition, UMKC increased recycling overall on campus by 6.56 percent in February and March above and beyond the rate of 78 percent in FY 2014. UMKC also partnered with the community to host shred and e-waste recycling events on campus.

“UMKC has a lot to celebrate and be proud of,” said Kaye Johnston, UMKC Sustainability director. “We have held the number one and two position in the ranking for three years. This is a national ranking out of 400 campuses in 2015.”

Competing colleges and universities are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect during the RecycleMania challenge. UMKC departments increased their recycling efforts by cleaning files, recycling books, shredding documents, recycling electronics and a student peer-to-peer education and awareness campaign.

The RecycleMania program is managed by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green and beautiful communities.RM_15th Anniversary_logo