Zero Waste Case Study: Gameday Recycling Challenge

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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In Fall 2014, the University of Illinois participated in the Gameday Recycling Challenge for the first time. The Gameday Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their home football games. The Challenge occurred on October 25th for the homecoming football game against the University of Minnesota. During the game, efforts were implemented to reduce waste by composting and recycling. At the end of the game, all the waste streams were sorted and weighed, and the results were tabulated. Result categories included waste minimization, diversion rate, greenhouse gas reduction, recycling, and organics reduction. Each participating game's data is used to rank and determine the Challenge winners. University of Illinois achieved a diversion rate of 60% by improving source separation of compostable and recyclable materials. The University will use this year’s diversion rate as a baseline to improve efforts going forward in upcoming years.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
PublisherIllinois Sustainable Technology Center
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameISTC Zero Waste Program Case Study


  • Football stadiums -- Environmental aspects
  • Recycling
  • Zero waste -- Case studies -- Illinois


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