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Tips for Reducing Waste on Game Days

August 30th, 2013
Volunteers staff recycling station at gates

Volunteers staff recycling stations during 2012 EPA Game Day Challenge. Click to view larger.

This weekend marks the return of football season – the first game being on Saturday, August 31 – and with it comes an opportunity to help further reduce waste! To help, we’ve compiled four easy ways you can be the best beaver fan:

  • Pack it in, pack it out: While tailgating, consider bringing trash and recyclables back home with you to help reduce the amount of litter and waste.
  • Get it in the right bin: Trash carts and/or dumpsters are located in every tailgating parking lot.
  • Recycle at the gates: Every stadium gate entrance has staffed recycle stations starting 2 hours before kickoff.
  • Leave recyclables at your stadium seat: Leave recyclables at your stadium seat where our volunteer cleaning crews can collect them, rather than throwing them in a garbage can. Redeemables will be collected by the Philomath High School athletics teams for fundraising.

How did we do last year?

In 2012, Reser Stadium produced an average of 8,060 pounds of trash each game, and this is only counting the trash from the stadium itself (not the tailgater areas)!

During the 2012 EPA Game Day Challenge (one home game on October 20), a total of 22,000 pounds of trash was thrown away from both the stadium and on-campus tailgating areas. In comparison, 8,000 pounds of recyclables were diverted from the landfill on that game day.

Results from EPA Game Day Challenge trash audit.

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In the stadium alone, we estimate that about 3,360 gallons of recyclables, along with an additional 2,109 gallons of compostables, are thrown away each game. By following the tips above, together we can help OSU reduce waste.

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