February 27, 2019

Ohio State University Named B1G Champions for 2018 Game Day Recycling Challenge


For the seventh year in a row, the Ohio State University was named Big Ten Conference champion in the annual 2018 Game Day Recycling Challenge. The Buckeyes earned the title after achieving the highest diversion rate for a single home football game during the 2018 season.

The Game Day Recycling Challenge is a national competition among colleges and universities to promote waste reduction and sustainability at home football games.

Ohio State achieved a 94.76 percent diversion rate in its game against Rutgers University on Sept. 8, which was the highest single-game percentage of waste diverted from the landfill in the Big Ten.

The goal of achieving zero waste also supports the university’s Strategic Plan, which aims for operational excellence and resource stewardship.

Ohio Stadium has strived to be zero waste since 2011 – defined as diverting 90 percent or more of disposed materials away from the landfill by recycling, repurposing and composting. This season, the Buckeyes achieved their goal by diverting 94.12% of material away from the landfill.

Ohio Stadium produced more than 110 tons of recycling and compost materials during 2018 football games, with 6.95 tons of trash sent to landfills. Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium is a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University and the following partners: Rumpke, the Ohio Farm Bureau, Price Farms Organics, IMG Sports Marketing, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Levy Restaurants, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

Additional information about Ohio State’s zero waste and sustainability efforts, please visit:

Recent university sustainability accomplishments and continuing efforts include:

  • Reconfirming its commitment to enhancing social, economic and environmental conditions, Ohio State has created the Sustainability Institute to support and integrate sustainability and resilience scholarship and activities across the university.
  • Ohio State hosted the 2019 Community Engagement Conference – Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future