FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (October 7, 2016) –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 nearly 100 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 Alabama Crimson Tide. Kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is set for 6 p.m. CT. Arkansas will also be participating in a Game Day Challenge for the Arkansas-LSU game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Nov. 12.
The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a nationwide competition among universities to reduce and recycle the waste generated at home football games. During each competition cycle, participating schools report recycling, compost and attendance data for at least one home football game. In 2015, 99 schools rallied fans to recycle an impressive 2.1 million pounds of bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and more, and compost 457,000 pounds of food organics from football stadiums and tailgating areas while also raising awareness and inspiring action around waste reduction.
The GameDay Recycling Challenge is administered by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise.
The Razorbacks have teamed up with Boston Mountain Solid Waste District and the University of Arkansas’ Office of Sustainability to help make the challenge a success. As part of the competition, blue recycling bags will be distributed to tailgaters. 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 10-foot trailer will be located at The Gardens while a trailer will also be located at Victory Village North, just north of the stadium and near the Tyson Poultry Science Center.
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 10th nationally in total recycling in the same competition in 2015. Efforts will help Razorback Athletics in the 2016 Game Day Challenge and further support the University of Arkansas’ recycling and sustainability programs.
This will be the sixth 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.