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New initiatives help boost recycling efforts in 2009, “Pedal Instead” remains popular transportation alternative

COLUMBUS, Ohio After collecting nearly 151 tons of recyclable materials at home games during the last two Ohio State football seasons, the University’s Scarlet, Gray and Green sustainability campaign will once again foster an environmentally friendly game-day atmosphere on campus this fall.

In 2007 and ’08, SG&G home-game recycling recovered an average of 11 tons of recyclables per game during 14 home dates. The program has exceeded expectations in its first two years, gathering more than 135 tons of recyclables inside Ohio Stadium.

Tailgaters outside the stadium have contributed more than 35 tons of recyclables the last two seasons. At each home game, tailgaters received white plastic recycling bags to encourage collection of bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. The scarlet dumpsters and white recycling bags will return in 2009.

The University’s SG&G program will include several new initiatives this year, adding 12 solar-powered recyclable-compacting receptacles around the Fan Fest area south of St. John Arena and near the north rotunda of Ohio Stadium.

“These units are a great way to demonstrate the concept of sustainability,” Christina Redman, sustainability coordinator at OSU, said of the solar units. “By using sunlight – a free source of energy – to compact the waste fans throw away, the units will not need to be emptied as often, which will also save on labor costs.”  

In Section 19A of Ohio Stadium, the potential of a “zero-waste” concession stand will be explored. In cooperation with stadium concessions provider, Sodexo Sports & Leisure Services, compostable serving containers will be tested at 19A to determine its feasibility as an alternative to non-compostable serve ware. Using compostable serve ware will eliminate refuse by converting to all food products and serving containers into compostable or recyclable materials. 

Pedal Instead

The “Pedal Instead” program provides bicycle valet service during the Ohio State home football games. The Pedal Instead Bike Corral is now located on the south side of Woody Hayes Drive on the east side of the bike path. Bicyclists are provided with a “claim check” and can retrieve their bicycles after the game. An overflow area will be reserved on the basketball courts just south of Drake Union. Donations for the service are accepted. 

About Scarlet, Gray and Green Home Game Recycling Program

The collaborative recycling effort between the Ohio State Department of Athletics and Office of Business and Finance began in January 2007. The University initiated a sustainability program both in the stadium and at the tailgating lots to help address the amount of trash generated on campus at Buckeye football home games. 
Recycling is one element of the University’s Scarlet, Gray & Green sustainability program. In fall 2009, a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be used to purchase recycling containers for all classroom areas. Additional efforts include:

  • Campus bio-diesel conversion
  • Green office supplies
  • Energy-saving lights
  • Green Building Design Construction
  • Building energy audits
  • Implemention of energy conservation projects

About Ohio State Athletics

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three co-educational. The department is committed to providing its more than 900 student-athletes with the finest in academic and athletics support in order to ensure a quality and life-enhancing experience. The Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. In Fiscal Year 2008-09, the Department of Athletics will transfer back to the University more than $26 million in assessments, including nearly $13 million in grant-in-aid costs.