Each year, sports fans flock into college football stadiums around the nation to cheer on their team, enjoy their favorite game-time snacks and bond with classmates, friends and family. But while the game-time celebrations are taking place, waste, recycling and compostables are building up in bins both inside and outside the stadiums.
To help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill during these sporting events, the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise host the annual GameDay Recycling Challenge, a nationwide competition that challenges universities to boost their recycling and composting efforts during home football games.
During each competition cycle, challenge participants track and report recycling, compost and attendance data for at least one home football game. In 2016, participating schools recycled, composted or donated a total of more than 2,667,845 pounds of materials, which is a 4.8 percent increase from the previous year.
To learn more about the 2016 GameDay Recycling Challenge diversion rate winners, flip through this gallery.