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The Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly known as RecycleMania) is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. 

Over an 8-week period, Knox tracks the weights of how much we throw out, how much food we donate, and how much we recycle. With the goal of our diversion and recycling rates increasing throughout the competition!

Due to the Knox Together plan for winter 2021, Knox will not be participating in the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste. Check out the 2020 program events below or contact to get involved next year! 

2020 Weekly Events 

February 2 - RecycleMania kickoff!

Week of February 2 - Trivia Plinko

  • Try your luck at our Trivia game. Correct answers win a prize! 

Week of February 9 - Pop Up Share Shop

  • We bring the Share Shop to you! Keep your eyes out for this free clothing giveaway -- either in SMC or Seymour Union Gallery. Generate less waste by choosing reusing, still-good items. 

Week of February 16 - Weigh the Waste

  • In partnership with Knox's Food Recovery Network (FRN), this week we will be examining food waste generated in the cafeteria. Think about how much you put on your plate and ask a FRN representative about ways to waste less food! 

Week of February 23 - Compost Connections

  • Compost Captains will be available in the Gizmo throughout the week to answer questions about what items in the Gizmo can be composted.  

Week of March 1 - Trivia Plinko Returns

Week of March 8 - Non-traditional Recycling Scavenger Hunt

  • Hunt down information about Knox's programs to recycle items that can't be recycled in the regular recycling blue bins. Participate in the scavenger hunt to win a prize! 

Week of March 15 - Week off... enjoy your break!

Week of March 22 - Caught Green Handed

  • Grab a sticker that advertises your dedication to reducing waste! 

Rankings and Competitions

Each week we will post our rankings to the Knox Sustainability Facebook page, Twitter page, and Instagram page.

Knox will also compete in national competitions in the following categories:

  • Diversion Category - the school with the highest waste diversion percentage. Diversion is determined by the percentage of the total weight of recyclables and food organics diverted from total waste generated.
  • Stephen K Gaski Per Capita Classic - the school that collects the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis.
  • Food Organics - points are awarded for food waste minimization activities and the amount of food that is diverted from the landfill.

Visit for more info about the national competition.

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