LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) -

A nation- wide competition has UW-La Crosse students working to make their campus more environmentally friendly.

RecycleMania  pits colleges and universities against one another to see which one produces the highest amount of recycled waste. 

To increase UW-L's chances of wining, students who are "caught green-handed" recycling could be eligible for prizes.

In its 5th year taking part in the competition, UW-L is still looking to win gold, but students say it's the improvement each year that drives them to compete. "We've been doing pretty well, upper middle of the pack definitely.  But basically our goal in doing this is to benchmark ourselves against other colleges and universities throughout the nation and just doing better year after year," said sustainability mentor Michael Vogt.

In last  year's competition, UW-L recycled about 27% of its waste.

Already in the first two weeks of this year's competition, the university has raised that number to about 28%, equaling the energy consumption of six households.