RecycleMania results are in: RU has its best year ever


During RecycleMania 2014, Radford University produced its best results yet in its six-year participation in the competition among higher education institutions.

RU posted an 83 percent increase in overall recycling weight compared with its 2013 totals, said Pavan Muddanna, RU's Recycling Coordinator.

The goal for RU, Muddanna said, was to recycle 100,000 pounds of materials. The university fell short by 4,480 pounds, but Muddanna said he is "extremely happy" with the university's performance. "I am looking forward to RecycleMania 2015 with the same goal of 100,000 pounds," he said.

Among schools in Virginia, RU ranked in the top four for recycling mixed paper and bottles and cans.

Below are RU's RecycleMania rankings in Virginia and the United States.

Statewide Rankings

  • Mixed paper – RU ranked 3rd out of 13
  • Bottles and cans – RU ranked 4th out of 13
  • Corrugated cardboard – RU ranked 8th out of 13

Nation-wide Rankings

  • Mixed paper – RU ranked 49th out of 213
  • Bottles and cans – RU ranked 70th out of 208
  • Corrugated cardboard – RU ranked 74th out of 218

RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in North America. It is a benchmarking tool for those recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Over the 10-week competition period, RU and the participating schools reported recycling and trash data which were then ranked according to which school collected the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate.

For more information, detailed results and standings, visit or contact Muddanna at 831-7207 and

Apr 17, 2014