Campus Race to Zero Waste 2024

What is Campus Race to Zero Waste?

Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly Recyclemania) is an 8-week recycling competition happening January 29-March 25 2024 between colleges and universities across North America. Colleges and Universities compete to see how well they are doing in their waste reduction efforts and gauge how they compare to other institutions! 

We will post our weekly ranking on this page, so STAY TUNED for competition updates!

crzw diversion table

2024 Competition Details: GET INVOLVED and BE THE CHANGE!

Competition categories SU will participate in this year:

  • Diversion = Recyclables, Food Organics, and Trash weights reported
  • Per Capita = Combined amount of paper, cardboard and bottles and cans on a per person basis
  • Food Organics = Food waste and any organic materials handled alongside food waste reported. Organics generated in office and campus residential settings and special events can be included in addition to what is collected from dining facilities
  • Electronics = Total amount of electronics donated and recycled during a 1-month period


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Education and Awareness Event-What Goes Where Workshop

When: February 6th, 11am-12:15pm
Where: Garrand 114
Description: Interested in how to properly sort your waste? Join us in educating the campus community and bringing awareness to proper waste disposal. We will discuss the disposal stream accepted in King County/Seattle (and special streams at SU), where they need to be discarded and answer any lingering questions of what goes where. 

Community Recycling Day

When: February 21st, 9am-1pm
Where: Bell Turn Around
Description: THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY RECYCLING DAY IS BACK. Have too much "stuff" at home? Get your spring cleaning done early and bring in your dorm, home, or office recyclables to SU’s Community Recycling Day for FREE recycling and donation! Sign up to volunteer here. View and download event flyer here.

Recycling Waste Audit

When: March 6th, 9am
Where: Library Plaza
Description: Pull up your sleeves and join us to find out how much waste and recyclables SU generates per day. Sign up to volunteer here

Book Collection Event

When: March 27th, All day
Where: Res halls and STCN
Description: Do you have textbooks that you no longer use? Donate them to a book donation bin near the resident halls and student center. Books collected will be donated to Books to Prisoners- a Seattle nonprofit. View and download flyer here.

Thank you for your support in making our campus SUstainable!

Visit the official Campus Race to Zero Waste website at

Questions about SU’s Recycling Department and the programs we offer? Email Nathan Wolk or visit  

SU's 2024 Competition Goals

  • Rank within the top 5 schools in the diversion category. Last year we placed 11th in the diversion category with a 57.4% diversion rating.
  • Rank within the top 10 schools for e-waste category.

Did you know...? 

  • That it is SU's goal to become a Zero Waste campus!
  • That 50% of our trash is actually compostable!
  • That all of SU's pre-consumers food waste is composted on campus and reused on our grounds!

Laudato Si' Action Platform

Graphic for Laudato Si' Action Platform Goal 1. There is a green circle with white illustration and white text reading Graphic for Laudato Si' Action Platform Goal 2. There is an orange circle with white illustration and white text reading

Laudato Si' Action Platform Goal 3. There is a purple circle with white illustration and white text reading Graphic for Laudato Si' Action Platform Goal 4. There is a yellow circle with white illustration and white text reading

SeattleU's Waste Signage

Spread the word: use the following media kit materials and hang them around in your office, SU kitchen, dorms, bulletin boards... and send on to everyone you know: