About Game Day Recycling
Football games bring thousands of fans onto campus and generate tons of trash. Launched in 2008, Georgia Tech's Game Day Recycling program makes it convenient for fans to recycle, whether they are tailgating, walking through the campus, or inside the Stadium watching the game. The success of the Game Day Recycling program hinges on the active participation of everyone attending home football games.
How to Participate
If you are tailgating before the game, simply place your recyclables in the blue bags, which are given out free by volunteers. You can recycle plastic bottles, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. Leave the bags on the ground and they will be picked up by GT Facilities. Also, make sure to use the green and white recycling bins that are set up in and around Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Green Tailgating Guide
Recycling is just one of many things you can do to reduce your environmental footprint on game day. Download our Green Tailgating Guide for additional information.
Game Day Recycling Results
The graph below shows the weight of materials diverted from the landfill during each of Georgia Tech's home football games and tailgates since the Game Day Recycling program began in 2008. To date, the program has diverted 137.4 tons of material from the landfill.
Game Day Recycling Challenge
The Game Day Challenge is a nationwide recycling competition for colleges and universities. Participating schools implement recycling activities at home football game and tailgates. The competition has five categories:
- Waste Minimization: The school with the lowest per capita waste generation wins.
- Diversion Rate: The school with the largest overall (combines trash, recycling, and composting data) recycling rate wins.
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction: The school with the largest greenhouse gas reduction wins.
- Recycling: The school with the largest recycling rate wins.
- Organics Reduction: The school with the largest organic reduction rate wins.
In 2014, Georgia Tech placed first in the ACC for Organics Reduction. In 2013, Georgia Tech placed first in the ACC in the Waste Minimization category.
It takes many people to get the message out about recycling to all of the fans on game day, and the Game Day Recycling committee could not complete the project without the help of volunteers. Each season, more than 200 students volunteer their time to help make Game Day Recycling a success. Volunteers distribute recycling bags to tailgaters and greet fans at the Stadium gates. The typical commitment is about one hour on game day, and all volunteers are finished in time for kickoff.