National Wildlife Federation is the managing partner for Campus Race to Zero Waste (formally RecycleMania), a college and university recycling competition to promote waste reduction and recycling activities on college campuses and in their nearby communities.

See if your campus is signed up to participate

Add the 2023 Campus Race to Zero Waste Participant Badge to your EcoLeader Profile

Earn the Campus Race to Zero Waste EcoLeader Badge

The National Wildlife Federation sees getting a handle on trash and related pollution as critical to the future of wildlife. Each year, copious amounts of plastics and other recyclable materials end up in the natural environment – our rivers, lakes, and oceans.  In the United States we throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. Much of this plastic ultimately ends up in the ocean, taking the lives of tens of thousands of marine animals, millions of seabirds and countless numbers of fish and other creatures every year. By recycling and responsibly disposing of waste we can better protect our wildlife, so iconic species like sea turtles and whales remain healthy for generations to come.

NWF has been working with campuses on sustainability initiatives, including waste reduction and recycling for nearly 30 years including, most recently, through the NWF EcoLeaders Program and we are excited about the many ways NWF EcoLeaders can serve as a valuable resource for RecycleMania participants.

NWF EcoLeader Tools for Campus Race to Zero Waste Participants: