Register Your School

Registration is open for the fall 2013 competition. To participate, schools will need to complete the online survey form indicating which game(s) they intend to report material weights for.  The registration and reporting system is hosted on the ReTRAC Connect platform. Schools with existing accounts in ReTRAC (most likely if participated last year or in RecycleMania) can simply login and complete the new 2013 Game Day form. New schools will need to create a ReTRAC account to get started. Click below to view step-by-step instructions to register:

If you know what you’re doing and are ready to skip ahead, click here to start the registration process.

Submit data by November 6th and winners will be announced on Nov 15th America Recycles Day.

Program Overview

To participate in the Game Day Challenge, colleges will need to track the quantity of recyclables, organic food waste and trash generated at one home football game that they choose during the fall season. Following that game, schools will report quantities of each material type and be ranked in each of five categories listed on this page. Schools will only be ranked in the categories for which they have weight data and there is no requirement to track all materials. Schools will be permitted to report numbers for more than one game if they choose, but only the best performing game’s collection data will be used to determine ranking.


Report recycling, composting, reuse, donation, and trash disposal in pounds. The following materials are included in the Game Day Challenge:


  • Boxboard / chipboard
  • Programs
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper (all colors)

Beverage Containers

  • Plastic bottles (e.g., soda, water, bottles)
  • Plastic cups
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel cans

Corrugated Cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes

Mixed Recyclable Materials

  • Any of the materials listed under paper, bottle and can, and corrugated cardboard recycling collected in a mixed manner such as single-stream Organics
  • Pre and post-consumer food waste that is donated, reused, or composted
  • Compostable dinnerware, napkins, etc. that is composted


  • Municipal solid waste (MSW) disposed via landfill or incinerator

Estimating Weights

Actual weights of recyclables should always be used where possible. If actual weights are impossible to obtain, weight estimates derived from volume measurements may be substituted using the following guidelines:

  • Volume-to-weight conversions must be done using the approved conversion factors. The factors below are loose/ un-compacted. If you need additional factors, please contact the Game Day Challenge Helpline at
    • Programs: 950 lbs/cubic yard
    • Newspaper: 400 lbs/cubic yard
    • Office Paper: 364 lbs/cubic yard
    • Plastic Bottles: 35 lbs/cubic yard
    • Plastic Cups: 30 lbs/cubic yard
    • Glass Bottles: 1,000 lbs/cubic yard
    • Steel Cans: 150 lbs/cubic yard
    • Corrugated Cardboard: 177 lbs/cubic yard
    • Commingled Beverage Containers (plastic/glass/aluminum): 177 lbs/cubic yard
    • Food Service Waste Including Service Ware: 50 lbs/cubic yard
    • Food Prep and Scraps: 1,000 lbs/cubic yard
    • Food Waste Including Corn on the Cob, Bones, Shellfish): 200 lbs/cubic yard
  • Volume estimates must be based on actual observed quantities. For instance, a five yard dumpster of cardboard must be observed to be full, or a visual determination of how full it is must be made. Simply reporting based on capacity of the container without observed quantities is not allowed.



Registration Form

  • All schools must to register to participate. The first step in to create an account in ReTRAC Connect.

Pre-Game Reporting

  • After creating a ReTRAC Connect account, all schools must login to their account and complete and save the Pre Game Information section of the Game Day Challenge Form.

Post-Game Reporting

  • Following the selected game schools will again login to their ReTRAC Connect account to fill in the Post Game Information section of the Game Day Challenge Form ” and submit the form itself.

Results and Standings

The Game Day Challenge will recognize all participants in November 2013. Awards will be presented in the following five categories:

Waste Generation

Schools will be ranked based on the per capita weight of waste generated using the following formula:

The school with the lowest per capita waste generation wins.

Diversion Rate

Schools will be ranked based on their overall recycling rate which combines trash, recycling, and composting data using the following formula:

The school with the highest recycling rate wins.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Schools will be ranked on the per capita greenhouse gas reductions associated with their waste reduction achievements. These reductions will be calculated using EPA’s WARM factors programmed in the Re-TRAC system. The per capita reduction will be calculated using the following formula:

The school with the highest greenhouse gas reduction wins.


Schools will be ranked based on the per capita weight of recyclables using the following formula:

The school with the highest recycling rate wins.

Organics Reduction

Schools will be ranked based on the per capita weight of organic waste reduced using the following formula:

The school with the highest organic reduction rate wins.