2016 GameDay Challenge Dates & Deadlines

  • Wednesday, August 3: Registration opens
  • Wednesday, October 19: Registration deadline
  • Wednesday, November 30: Deadline to hold GDRC event
  • Monday, December 5: Deadline to report data
  • Tuesday, January 3: 2016 GDRC winners announced to participants
  • Late January 2017: 2016 GDRC winners announced to public

2016 Webinars

All webinars will begin at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific. Webinars will be archived here.

  • Tuesday, August 30 [archive]
    • Orientation Webinar: Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, you are invited to join us for an orientation webinar. Learn more about registration, rules and reporting regulations, and get the inside scoop from 2015 GDRC winners Ohio University on hosting a successful GameDay Recycling Challenge.
  • Tuesday, September 27 [archive]
    • How to Win the GameDay Recycling Challenge: Hear from 2015 GDRC champs Louisiana State University and find out what it takes to host the most successful GameDay events your school has ever seen! Gain insights from Arizona State University guest presenters on how to get your whole campus on board with the GDRC, from event staff to students to community fans.
  • Monday, October 17 [archive]
    • How to Lead Your Volunteers to Success: Find out where your school stands in the GameDay rankings, and get inspired for the second half of the competition by guest presentations from North Carolina State University and University of Notre Dame. Presentations will focus on volunteer recruitment and engagement.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners

Officials from the US EPA, Keep America Beautiful, CURC and RecycleMania were on hand to recognize the national winners of the 2015 competition at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston on June 29, 2015.  Check out the full 2015 Results.

Diversion Rate Champion: Ohio University – 95% diversion
Total Recycling Champion: Louisiana State University – 86,000+ pounds recycled

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The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a nationwide competition among universities to reduce and recycle the waste generated at home football games. During each competition cycle, participating schools report recycling, compost and attendance data for at least one home football game. In 2015, 99 schools rallied fans to recycle an impressive 2.1 million pounds of bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and more, and compost 457,000 pounds of food organics from football stadiums and tailgating areas while also raising awareness and inspiring action around waste reduction.

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is administered by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise.