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About Race to Zero Waste

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Using fair and friendly competition, Race to Zero Waste (formerly Recycle Mania) provides tools and opportunities that inspire, empower, and mobilize colleges and universities to benchmark and improve efforts to reduce or eliminate waste.

Race to Zero Waste is an eight-week competition between more than 600 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.

Race to Zero Waste Facts

#1  Northwest ranks #1 in pounds diverted among Missouri schools
300  U.S. and Canadian campuses participated in Race to Zero Waste
43.2%  Northwest's 2020 Diversion rate
100k+  pounds of waste diverted from landfills every year at Northwest


How It Works

Participating colleges and universities report recycling and trash data on a weekly basis throughout the competition and are ranked within several categories. Northwest is making the transition back to the Competitive Division in the following categories:

  • Food Service Organics - Be sure to follow the signs in the food court carefully.
  • Cans and Bottles - Remove the lids and put your empty drink containers in any one of the 200 recycling stations around campus.
  • Residence Hall Students will also find separate RecycleMania bins for Aluminum, Plastic, and Glass in their lobby.

WHAT IS RECYCLABLE?

 Competition Categories:

  • Food Service Organics
  • Cans
  • Bottles 

RecycleMania 2020 Competion Impact:  48.6 million pounds of waste recycled and composted 380 million plastic bottles removed from the waste stream Prevented release of 70,875 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 15,047 cars!

Waste Reduction and Recycling at Northwest

For the last 20 years Northwest has been collecting recyclables from campus. Based on the need for the paper required for producing fuel pellets for alternative energy, the University has been committed to capturing as many recyclables as possible. In the past year Facility Services has expanded its recycling effort include food service organics, scrap metals, and a redesign of waste collection and tracking. This effort not only reduces expenses and further minimizes Northwest’s environmental impact; it is the first step toward Zero Waste.

Check the status of this years competition at https://recyclemania.org/

Thanks for your support!

2020 Results

RecycleMania 2020 Competition Impact:

  • 48.6 million pounds of waste recycled and composted
  • 380 million plastic bottles removed from the waste stream
  • Prevented release of 70,875 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 15,047 cars!

Northwest Results

The abbreviated contest still had a big impact Thank you for your participation!

Bottles & Cans Cardboard & paper Food service organics (5wk.) Competition Diversion  (2wk.) Pre-Season Diversion Total Diversion Total Diversion %
Totals: 4,180 lbs. 8,040 lbs. 16,950 lbs. 29,170 lbs. 14,048 lbs. 43,218 lbs. 43.2%

2019 Results

Northwest Results

Dates Bottles & Cans Lbs. Cardboard Lbs. Paper Lbs. Trash Lbs. Compost Lbs. Diversion Lbs. Total Diversion % Total Waste Lbs.
01/20/2019 - 01/26/2019 340 1,200 1,600 8,810 3,820 3,140
01/27/2019 - 02/02/2019 600 2,100 3,100 6,675 3,500 5,800
02/03/2019 - 02/09/2019 3,340 2,600 2,600 12,920 780 8,540
02/10/2019 - 02/16/2019 720 4,425 4,425 16,380 4,810 9,570
02/17/2019 - 02/23/2019 540 2,900 2,900 12,470 3,240 6,340
02/24/2019 - 03/02/2019 1,920 1,825 1,825 17,080 6,100 5,570
03/03/2019 - 03/09/2019 850 1,450 1,450 17,790 5,500 3,750
03/10/2019 - 03/16/2019 1,130 1,875 1,875 13,150 4,430 4,880
03/17/2019 - 03/23/2019 1,410 1,740 1,740 22,360 5,390 4,890
03/24/2019 - 03/30/2019 2,220 3,275 3,275 12,620 2,160 8,770
Totals: 13,070 23,390 24,790 140,255 39,730 61,250 30.40% 201,505

Landfill Savings: $1,470.00

2018 Results

Northwest Results

Dates Bottles & Cans Lbs. Cardboard Lbs. Paper Lbs. Trash Lbs. Compost Lbs. Diversion Lbs. Total Diversion % Total Waste Lbs.
01/20/2018 - 01/26/2018 600 6,835 6,835 31,450 13,130 14,270
01/27/2018 - 02/02/2018 460 2,800 2,260 8,700 2,320 5,520
02/03/2018 - 02/09/2018 1,450 2,650 2,490 17,070 6,160 6,590
02/10/2018 - 02/16/2018 2,010 3,100 3,270 19,170 7,160 8,380
02/17/2018 - 02/23/2018 720 1,475 1,475 20,270 7,640 3,670
02/24/2018 - 03/02/2018 730 4,285 4,200 21,370 4,880 9,215
03/03/2018 - 03/09/2018 3,950 2,800 2,800 11,890 8,650 9,550
03/10/2018 - 03/16/2018 670 3,440 2,290 21,200 7,500 6,400
03/17/2018 - 03/23/2018 1,720 3,250 3,250 16,500 1,690 8,220
03/24/2018 - 03/30/2018 810 2,400 2,400 23,450 5,600 5,610
Totals: 13,120 33,035 31,270 191,070 64,730 77,425 29.30% 268,495

Landfill Savings: $1,858.20

2017 Results

Northwest Results

Dates Bottles & Cans Lbs. Cardboard Lbs. Paper Lbs. Trash Lbs. Compost Lbs. Diversion Lbs. Total Diversion % Total Waste Lbs.
01/20/2017 - 01/26/2017 1,260 2,825 2,825 21,030 6,650 6,910
01/27/2017 - 02/02/2017 - 1,400 1,400 26,556 9,600 2,800
02/03/2017 - 02/09/2017 1,880 2,720 2,720 21,270 10,020 7,320
02/10/2017 - 02/16/2017 500 2,620 2,460 14,440 6,870 5,580
02/17/2017 - 02/23/2017 2,140 3,950 3,950 28,420 13,510 10,040
02/24/2017 - 03/02/2017 280 1,750 1,750 13,110 9,810 3,780
03/03/2017 - 03/09/2017 220 3,295 3,295 20,000 10,890 6,810
03/10/2017 - 03/16/2017 460 2,955 2,955 21,720 11,380 6,370
03/17/2017 - 03/23/2017 460 3,440 3,440 17,820 8,540 7,340
03/24/2017 - 03/30/2017 1,240 1,325 1,325 5,450 4,670 3,890
Totals: 8,440 26,280 26,120 189,816 91,940 60,840 24.30% 250,656

Landfill Savings: $1,460.16

2016 Results

Northwest Results

Dates Bottles & Cans Lbs. Cardboard Lbs. Paper Lbs. Trash Lbs. Compost Lbs. Diversion Lbs. Total Diversion % Total Waste Lbs.
01/20/2016 - 01/26/2016 1,140 2,950 2,950 19,180 8,950 7,040
01/27/2016 - 02/02/2016 620 2,820 2,820 21,310 6,660 6,260
02/03/2016 - 02/09/2016 600 4,050 4,050 20,500 9,750 8,700
02/10/2016 - 02/16/2016 1,780 2,305 2,305 22,580 9,210 6,390
02/17/2016 - 02/23/2016 1,870 1,440 1,440 28,000 11,550 4,750
02/24/2016 - 03/02/2016 1,870 2,530 2,030 20,280 8,560 6,430
03/03/2016 - 03/09/2016 460 980 980 19,960 4,340 2,420
03/10/2016 - 03/16/2016 500 1,760 1,000 22,330 7,710 3,260
03/17/2016 - 03/23/2016 - 1,350 1,350 8,000 450 2,700
03/24/2016 - 03/30/2016 1,490 3,650 3,930 12,270 11,080 9,070
Totals: 10,330 23,835 22,855 194,410 78,260 57,020 22.70% 251,430

Landfill Savings: $1,368.48

2015 Results

RecycleMania 2015 is in the Books!

In 2015 Northwest, for thefourth year, entered the Recyclemania Competition Divisionin Food Service Organics (46th overall) and Cans & Bottles (44th overall). During the eight week competition, not only did Northwest divert44,680 lbs. of food waste from the landfill, it also diverted 8,148 lbs. of cans and bottles.During the competition period, Northwest also diverted 55,910 lbs. mixed paper for use by the alternative fuel pelletizing operation (Waste to Energy is not included by official RecycleMania guidelines).

At the completion of the 8 week competition period, the 108,738 lbs. of Food, Paper, and Recyclables collected brought Northwest Missouri State's total waste diversion rate to 43.7%.

While again there were no first place grand prize trophies for our 2015 efforts, it should be noted that of the Missouri universities competing in the Food Service Organics category, Northwest was #1.

University Rank
Northwest Missouri State University 46
Washington University 78
Missouri State University 97
Maryville University of St. Louis 102
UMKC 117
MU Columbia 123

CONGRATULATIONS!

The 7 Missouri universities competing in 2015 diverted1,568,698 lbs. or 1785.35 tons of waste from the landfill in just 8 weeks!

Northwest Results

Dates Bottles & Cans Lbs. Cardboard Lbs. Paper Lbs. Trash Lbs. Compost Lbs. Diversion Lbs. Total Diversion % Total Waste Lbs.
01/20/2015 - 01/26/2015 500 1,740 4,060 20,870 5,510 6,300
01/27/2015 - 02/02/2015 1,720 2,090 4,870 21,250 7,460 8,680
02/03/2015 - 02/09/2015 650 2,100 5,560 24,770 5,840 8,310
02/10/2015 - 02/16/2015 1,240 1,710 3,990 17,680 8,050 6,940
02/17/2015 - 02/23/2015 990 1,790 4,170 15,680 4,260 6,950
02/24/2015 - 03/02/2015 1,050 3,330 6,610 13,790 4,710 10,990
03/03/2015 - 03/09/2015 1,175 2,640 6,160 23,420 8,760 9,975
03/10/2015 - 03/16/2015 740 1,690 3,940 13,630 5,940 6,370
03/17/2015 - 03/23/2015 1,010 2,380 5,540 14,430 6,010 8,930
03/24/2015 - 03/30/2015 1,370 1,290 3,010 7,530 1,520 5,670
Totals: 10,445 20,760 47,910 173,050 58,060 79,115 31.40% 252,165

Landfill Savings: $1,898.76

2014

Dates

Bottles & Cans Lbs. Cardboard Lbs. Paper Lbs. Trash Lbs. Compost Lbs. Diversion Lbs. Total Diversion % Total Waste Lbs.
01/20/2014 - 01/26/2014 860 3,350 3,350 21,890 6,680 7,560
01/27/2014 - 02/02/2014 350 3,510 3,510 13,670 9,350 7,370
02/03/2014 - 02/09/2014 - 1,725 1,725 13,390 4,710 3,450
02/10/2014 - 02/16/2014 940 3,185 3,185 8,710 8,960 7,310
02/17/2014 - 02/23/2014 310 4,400 4,400 7,690 6,340 9,110
02/24/2014 - 03/02/2014 1,950 2,090 2,090 22,080 3,350 6,130
03/03/2014 - 03/09/2014 - 2,000 2,000 21,560 6,710 4,000
03/10/2014 - 03/16/2014 210 4,290 4,290 16,700 9,530 8,790
03/17/2014 - 03/23/2014 - 3,860 3,860 19,540 7,350 7,720
03/24/2014 - 03/30/2014 1,060 3,175 3,175 16,000 - 7,410
Totals: 5,680 31,585 31,585 161,230 62,980 68,850 29.90% 230,080

Landfill Savings: $1,652.40