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Recyclemania at SLU

Recyclemania is a national intercollegiate competition to promote waste recycling and reduction programs and encourage the campus community to get involved in these efforts.

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While we prepare for the next competition, learn about Recyclemania and explore events and results from previous years. Stay up to date on events and information by liking our Facebook page here or our Twitter page here.

Timeline: February 7 - April 2, 2016

2016 Events: 


Battle for the Boot

Date: Spring Semester, January - May

This is a shoe collection competition that supports the efforts of Shoeman Water Project in providing clean water to developing countries. Saint Louis University has competed in the competition for the past three years. Most recently, the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium took on the challenge of coordinating Battle for the Boot. Find more information here.

Matching pairs of new or used shoes can be dropped off at collection sites across campus. For more information, contact Yvonne McCool by email or phone (314-977-8957) or email the Greenbilliken.

Sustainable Selfies Contest

Date: Feb. 8th - Feb. 26

During the month of February, enter for a chance to win a Green Billiken t-shirt by doing either of the following:

a) Take a selfie while recycling and post to social media using #SustainableSelfie #GreenBilliken tagging @GreenBilliken on Facebook or Twitter.
b) Complete the Green Billiken Certification program by following these instructions. After completing the course, print and take a selfie with the certificate. Post to social media using #SustainableSelfie #GreenBilliken tagging @GreenBilliken via Facebook or Twitter.

The first 10 posts each week in February will receive a Green Billiken t-shirt that Friday.

Green Game

Greening the Game

Date: Women's Game - Feb. 18th, 7 p.m. | Men's Game - Feb. 20th, 7 p.m.
Location: Chaifetz Arena

Greening the Game is an event that promotes sustainability initiatives within college athletics. This event was initially started to showcase recycling at the arena but has evolved over time as a way to promote other sustainability-related topics, such as local foods and beverages. For more information or to volunteer to be a Green Ambassador, please contact the Greenbilliken by email or social media using @greenbilliken. To sign up to volunteer for the Green Game(s), complete this form. Click here for student volunteer expectations.

e-waste drive 2014

E-Waste Drive

Date: April 1st, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Fred Weber Parking Lot @ Chaifetz Arena

This annual event promotes responsible recycling of old, broken, and/or unwanted electronics through a partnership with Missouri Recycling Center (MRC). For more information about the event and what can be collected, click here.

ShredMania 2014

ShredMania Event 

Date: April 1st, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Fred Weber Parking Lot

This shredding event accepts sensitive documentation for shredding from members of the SLU and St. Louis community and provides an alternative to landfilling an easily recycled material - paper. For more information about what is accepted for shredding, click here.

Interior Recycling Audit

Date: Month of March

E-mail the Green Billiken at to request a recycling audit for your office space or department. We will send out an auditor to screen your recycling bins to let you know how you're doing at recycling!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who can participate?
  2. Who do I contact with questions?
  3. What can I do to help?
  4. What can I recycle?
  5. When does SLU send in measurements of its recycling?
  6. When is SLU's annual E-waste Drive?
  7. Where can I recycle?
  8. Why participate? 
  9. How is SLU doing so far?
  10. How has SLU done in the past?
  11. How can I learn more about Recyclemania?

1. Who can participate?
Anyone who attends, works at, or visits Saint Louis University.

2. Who do I contact with questions about Recyclemania and any of its related events?
Questions about Recyclemania, single-stream recycling, or any sustainability related topic can be directed to the Green Billiken by emailing

3. What can I do to help?
Recycle every chance you get! Be sure that your recyclable waste goes in the recycling bins, cans, and dumpsters around campus and your e-waste gets collected year round or at our annual E-waste Drive.

4. What can I recycle?
Single-stream receptacles collect your "typical" paper, plastic, metal, and glass recyclables.  This type of recycling will be measured for the "Grand Champion" and "Per Capita" competitions.
E-waste collects electronics and appliances (anything with a cord). This type of recycling will be measured for the "E-cyclemania" competition.

5. When does SLU send in measurements of its recycling?
SLU will report the number of pounds of recycling each week to the Recyclemania coordinators and the totals will be tallied at the end. Results will be updated weekly and final rankings announced April 12.

6. When is SLU's annual E-waste Drive?
The exact date of the E-waste Drive chances annually. Visit the E-Waste Drive webpage for more info.

7. Where can I recycle?
At SLU, "blue = recycling". Look for blue bins inside buildings, blue cans along sidewalks, and blue dumpsters behind buildings for your single-stream items. Visit this page for more information about recyclable items that are not included in single-stream.

8. Why participate?

(based on Recyclemania's "Overall Goals for RecycleMania.")
- To reduce waste generation.- To generate attention and support for campus recycling programs.
- To improve our recycling programs over time.
- To participate in a fair and friendly competition.
- To save money, save the planet, and build pride in SLU's community.

9. How is SLU doing so far?
Visit the Results page to see current standings

10. How has SLU done in the past?
Check out the Results page or visit webpages of past years.

11. How can I learn more about Recyclemania?
Visit the official Recyclemania website.


Related Events for 2016 Competition:
Green Game
E-Waste Drive

Recycling Info:
Single-Stream at SLU
Electronics at SLU

Annual Recap:

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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