fans compete to divert waste
This fall, colleges across the country will
compete to see which schools can reduce, reuse, and recycle the
most waste as part of the United States Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA’s) 2011 Game Day Challenge. Registration for the
competition is now open, and champions will be crowned this December.
Any college or university in the United States with a football
team can compete. The challenge is for schools to design a waste
reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game
and measure the results. Schools can collect common materials
for recycling including paper, beverage containers, cardboard,
and food to be donated and composted. The amount of waste generated
and recycled will determine which school is the greenest.
Schools can win in several categories:
- Least amount of waste generated per attendee.
- Greatest greenhouse gas reductions from diverting waste.
- Highest recycling rate.
- Highest organics reduction rate.
- Highest combined recycling and composting rate.
The competition is sponsored by EPA’s WasteWise program, a voluntary
program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal
solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom
line and the environment.
Last year, more than 75 participating schools kept 500,000 pounds
of waste out of landfills.