Total collected over span of 14 home games, averaged approximately 14 tons each Saturday

COLUMBUS, Ohio   With its totals from the final three 2008 Buckeye football home dates, Ohio State’s Scarlet, Gray and Green sustainability campaign has collected nearly 190 tons of recyclable materials the last two seasons.

Scarlet, Gray and Green has averaged approximately 14 tons of recyclables per game over 14 home dates the last two seasons. The program has exceeded expectations in its first two years, gathering more than 135 tons of recyclables inside Ohio Stadium.

In addition, tailgaters outside the stadium deposited more than 54 tons into the scarlet recycling dumpsters stationed in targeted areas the last two seasons. At each home game, tailgaters received white plastic bags to encourage collection of bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.

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About Scarlet, Gray and Green Sustainability 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 2008, the program was expanded to include recycling containers in all classroom areas. Additional efforts include:
 Campus bio-diesel conversion
 Green office supplies
 Energy-saving lights
 Energy conservation audits saving enough manufacturing energy to heat 82 homes for a year.

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.