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College football fans compete to reduce game day trash

College football fans across the country will compete to see which school can become the powerhouse in waste reduction and recycling during the annual Game Day Challenge. Registration for this national competition is open at The national champion will be announced in December.

The 2012 Game Day Challenge will be administered by the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the RecycleMania, Inc., with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The competition will be as intense off the field as it will be on the field during the collegiate football season. The rules are simple. Any college or university in the United States with a football program can enter. Schools choose a home football game, sign up with Game Day Challenge and then promote waste reduction and recycling at the football game. At the end of the game all waste and recycling is collected and measured. Waste and recycling numbers, plus game attendance, are then reported to Game Day Challenge and used to rank schools in several categories including:

  • Least amount of waste generated per attendee.
  • Greatest greenhouse gas reductions (from diverting waste).
  • Highest per capita recycling.
  • Highest per capita organics recovery (food donation and composting).
  • Highest combined recycling and composting rate.

Reducing waste generated at collegiate sporting events can save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, 75 participating schools kept nearly 500,000 pounds of game-day waste out of the landfill, which prevented nearly 810 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released.