We did it again!! For the fifth year in a row, the University has maintained its status in running a true zero-waste event during the GameDay Recycling Challenge. We define a “true zero waste event” as one that results in a waste diversion rate of 90% or above. This year we finished with a 91.48% in waste diversion! After winning this category nationally last year, we are proud to keep this trend going.
A tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this event. We were well staffed with “zero waste ranger” volunteers between our students, our partners from Waste Management, and staff from the Support Operations team. Dining Services planned ahead to provide compostable material in Concessions. BIG thanks to River Campus Environmental Services, and to Angel from Grounds who were instrumental in collecting the waste. The baseball team was fantastic in cleaning up the stands and sorting the waste accordingly. And of course, thanks to Athletics & Recreation for continuing to make this event a priority and accommodating all of our needs. This could not happen without all of you!!
See our pictures on the UR Sustainable Facebook page here.
Since there was no football game on the schedule for Meliora Weekend this year, held the challenge on a smaller scale than normal. However, our results show that you can still be successful on a small scale.
Total Waste: 279 pounds
Total Recycled: 256 pounds
Total Organics: 52 pounds
Per Capita Recycling (lbs/person): 0.66
Per Capita Organics Reduction (lbs/person): 0.13
Per Capita Waste Generation (lbs/person): 0.72
Diversion Rate (%): 91.48
GHG reduction (Total MTCO2E): 0.31
GHG reduction (MTCO2E/person): 0.000802