Aug. 12, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Marking what will be the largest stadium in the world to attempt such a venture, Ohio State will continue to reduce its negative environmental impact by transitioning Ohio Stadium toward Zero Waste on football game days this fall.

Progressing on the stadium’s already innovative recycling program, the term “zero waste” refers to a 90 percent diversion rate of trash from landfills, which is achieved by recycling and composting. In order to achieve the goal of 90 percent diversion, all items purchased inside Ohio Stadium will be either recyclable or compostable. This means there will be no trash bins needed; any trash produced will be recycled, moving the stadium toward Zero Waste.

Bins for recycling and composting will be available throughout the stadium on game days. Visitors will be advised to place anything that is not compostable, such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles, in scarlet recycling units. For compostable items, such as food, napkins, paper products and pizza boxes, fans should look for gray containers to dispose their goods.

The Horseshoe’s green initiative is just a small part of the Ohio State’s overall commitment to reduce waste. With a goal to ultimately divert 40 percent of landfill waste produced by the university, Ohio State looks to lead the way in sustainability.

Collaborating with Sodexo and the University’s Sustainability Office on the innovations, Ohio Stadium’s facility staff and the Department of Athletics will look to have all changes in place for the Buckeyes’ home opener vs. Akron, Sept. 3.