Looking for examples of how other universities make the GameDay Recycling Challenge a success? Check out the following links:


Through a grant provided by Alcoa and Keep America Beautiful, Purdue was able to launch its “Action to Accelerate Recycling” initiative. This PowerPoint presentation covers how the grant was used in the 2012 and 2013 football seasons, including how Purdue improved its recruitment of volunteers and enhanced communications efforts.

PowerPoint presentation on lessons learned from Ohio State University’s zero waste stadium initiative. The presentation features many photos from materials collection in the stadium, a breakdown of the mix of materials from a 2012 game, and key takeaways that can be transferred to other stadium waste reduction initiatives.

With a focus on a 2007 initiative to increase recycling within tailgating areas, this case study provides an overview of how Penn State was able to triple the quantity of recyclable materials captured and donate proceeds from sold materials to United Way. Beaver Stadium’s Trash to Treasure yard sale is also highlighted, and tips for other stadiums are provided.

Outline of the recycling program at UT Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium, made possible by a coalition of sponsors and partners known as Good Sports Always Recycle™ (GSAR). Acceptable items for recycling are listed, and collection logistics inside the stadium and in the tailgating areas are described.

Snapshot overview of University of Colorado’s participation in the 2009 Challenge, during which CU won three competition categories, including the Diversion Rate category. CU eliminated trash cans within Folsom Field and pursued a zero waste goal by negotiating for a concessions contract that made environmental concerns a top priority and by having volunteers sort through waste for recyclables and compostables.

Snapshot overview of Ohio University’s participation in the 2009 Challenge, during which OU had the lowest per capita waste generation figure. OU’s reuse and donation practices at athletic events are detailed.

Snapshot overview of Harvard University’s participation in the 2009 Challenge, during which Harvard had the highest per capita recycling total. Lessons learned are highlighted, including the importance of a strong student volunteer presence, and the value of thoroughly training all custodial staff.

Snapshot overview of University of Michigan’s participation in the 2009 Challenge at Michigan Stadium, the largest stadium in North America. Includes script of recycling announcement made over the loud speaker before halftime, fan engagement techniques, and bin placement logistics.