Derek Woellner —
The Recyclemania 2016 results are in, and Stout is once again in first place among Wisconsin colleges and universities.
Recyclemania is a yearly, nationwide recycling competition to encourage students to recycle, reduce and reuse. This year the competition ran from February 7 to April 2.
For the third year in a row, Stout has recycled more waste than all the other competitors in the state; nearly 54 percent of our waste found its way into a recycling bin during the competition period. Coming in second statewide was UW–Platteville with 44 percent of their waste recycled, and in third was UW–Milwaukee with under 37 percent.
There were eight Wisconsin schools competing this year.
Stout ranked 28th nationally, a step up from last year’s 31st place finish. UW–Platteville ranked 30 places behind Stout, sitting in 58th place. UW–Milwaukee was 68 places behind Stout nationally, ranking 96th.
This year’s national champion was Richland College in Dallas, TX. Richland College and the three other top four schools all had over an 80 percent recycling rate.