FAMU re-established a tradition of recycling at home football games during the Fall 2014 football season by participating in the nationwide GameDay Recycling Challenge, a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at home football games.
Volunteers collected total of 1,140 pounds of materials; diverting that amount from landfill and to recycling. FAMU was the only university participating in the GameDay Recycling Challenge from the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) and placed 13th out of 15 for recycling and 12th out of 15 for greenhouse gas reduction.
Student volunteers were recruited during the Homecoming Volunteer Meeting hosted by the FAMU Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities. E-mail blasts were also sent out on FAMUinfo during the week of every home football game. Prior to the start of every home game, FAMU EH&S provided volunteers with recycle signs and t-shirts that read “Real Rattlers Recycle” as well as gloves, trash pickers and bags.
Recycling volunteers positioned themselves next to recycle bins where they monitored recycle bins, informed fans about materials that can be recycled, and engaged fans about the importance of recycling as part of our outreach efforts. During halftime, a Public Service Announcement (PSA) informed game day attendees and fans about recycling and its benefits and provided locations of recycle bins in and around the football stadium. The volunteers collected plastic bottles and aluminum cans from fan seating areas and from recycle bins placed at the concourse areas in and around Bragg Memorial Stadium during and after the game. Recycling volunteers also sorted recyclables.
The effort was organized and led by student interns with support from staff at the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) department and the Sustainability Institute The effort was supported by FAMU Athletics Department, and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) department.
The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a partnership between the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and EPA’s WasteWise program.
A similar effort in the Spring semester collects recyclables at home basketball games as part of the RecycleMania national competition.