Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Razorback fans will be asked to help the University of Arkansas score big in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Game Day Challenge this Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Game Day Challenge is a friendly competition involving 70 colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games.
The University of Arkansas will be competing in the competition in conjunction with Saturday's game against the Auburn Tigers. Kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is set for 5 p.m. CT.
The Razorbacks have teamed up with Waste Management to help make the challenge a success. Waste Management recycled more than 12.9 million tons in 2012.
As part of the competition, Razorback fans and tailgaters are encouraged to throw their recyclable waste in recycle bins located in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, as well as parking lots and tailgating areas on campus. A special 20-yard event box and 10-foot trailer will be located at The Gardens while a trailer and a tent will be set up in parking lot 44, just north of the stadium. In addition volunteers will be patrolling tailgates and bringing recyclables to the sorting areas. Fans who bring recyclables to designated sorting areas will be eligible for a recycling t-shirt, while supplies last.
The goal for this year's challenge is to obtain a 90 percent diversion rate and rank in the top five of the competition. Arkansas ranked seventh in the same competition in 2011. Efforts will help Razorback Athletics in the 2013 Game Day Challenge and further support the University of Arkansas' recycling and sustainability programs.
This will be the third year that the University of Arkansas has competed in the challenge that encourages students and fans to go "green" and recycle waste during a selected football game. Schools track and report waste reductions and disposal data that are used to rank the schools in five categories including: least amount of waste generated, highest recycling rate, greatest greenhouse gas reductions, and highest organic reduction rate and highest diversion rate (a combination of trash, recycling, and composting data). Schools report their data to the EPA and the winning schools are announced at a later date.
In 2012, 79 schools and 5.4 million fans diverted nearly 1.09 million pounds of waste from football games, which prevented more than 1,732 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released.
Through initiatives like the 2013 Game Day Challenge, the EPA hopes to lower the amount of waste generated at college football games, heighten awareness of waste reduction programs on college campuses and increase participation by the community in waste reduction programs.