21 Tons: Recycling Program Sets New Record
Students raise awareness about the Game Day Recycling program at a Tech football game. The program diverted 21 tons of glass, aluminum, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables away from landfills this year.
The Game Day Recycling program broke its own record this football season, diverting 21 tons of glass, aluminum, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables away from landfills for a chance at a second life.
“I think the visibility of Game Day Recycling really took off this year,” said Cindy Jackson, who has directed the program since 2008. “We provided each of our volunteers with bright green T-shirts and continued to refine the process for how we collect recyclable materials. We also initiated some food waste composting within the stadium.”
The total represents a 9 percent increase from the previous year. Overall, the program recycled 19 percent of the waste generated during the fall’s six home games.
“The Athletic Department in particular has been very supportive, combing the stadium bleachers for recyclables before cleaning crews come in,” Jackson said. “Together with some of our other initiatives, we reduced the amount of trash produced within the stadium by 44 percent this season.
“A program like this wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of staff from many departments across campus or the enthusiasm of our dedicated game day volunteers,” she added. “It is a privilege to work with so many who see the value of Game Day Recycling and are willing to devote their time and energy to make it happen.”