We did it again!! For the third year in a row, the University has maintained its status in running a true zero-waste event during the GameDay Recycling Challenge held during our homecoming football game.
A tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this event. We were well staffed with “zero waste ranger” volunteers between our EcoReps and Super EcoReps students, our partners from Waste Management, and staff from the Facilities Support Operations team. Dining Services planned ahead to provide compostable material in Concessions and we successfully collected material from the 2 catered events held in the tent as well. BIG thanks to Willie and Carol in Environmental Services, and to Randy and Brian in 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!!
As a result, we continued our movement as a true zero-waste event with a waste diversion rate of 91.6%! In total we collected 532.9 pounds of recyclables (.3 pounds per person), 50 pounds of compostables (.02 pounds per person), and just 53.8 pounds of trash. The event resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of .79 MTCO2E.
See our pictures on the UR Sustainable Facebook page here.
Total Waste: 636.7
Total Recycled: 582.9
Total Organics: 50
Per Capita Recycling (lbs/person): 0.259
Per Capita Organics Reduction (lbs/person): 0.022
Per Capita Waste Generation (lbs/person): 0.283
Diversion Rate (%): 91.55
GHG reduction (Total MTCO2E): 0.797
GHG reduction (MTCO2E/person): 0.000354