Recycling project exceeds expectations in first season

COLUMBUS, Ohio In its first season, the Scarlet, Gray & Green sustainability campaign was a tremendous success, collecting more than 115 tons of recyclables both inside Ohio Stadium and at tailgating sites around campus.

With the goal of collecting 16 tons of recyclables from 28 tailgate locations, the Scarlet, Gray & Green recycling program surpassed its goal after collecting 6.69 tons Oct. 20 as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 38-17. In all, the recycling initiative collected a total of 37.96 tons from tailgate lots at seven home games and more than 80 tons from the stadium in seven.

This season, The Ohio State University, with a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, purchased 28 dumpsters for use as recycling receptacles at target tailgating areas. In addition, plastic recycling bags are handed to tailgaters arriving at the designated lots to help encourage them to collect plastic bottles, aluminum cans, newspapers and other printed paper separate from other trash.

While in the stadium, all waste is thrown into the garbage bins and later sorted by a recycling company.

This collaborative recycling effort between the Ohio State Athletics Department and Office of Business and Finance began in January. 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 games.

In all, the recycling program has collected more than 101 tons of materials, saving enough manufacturing energy to heat 70 homes for one year.

“Recycling is a sustainability effort,” Aparna Dial, director of energy services and sustainability said. “As a university, we have a goal of reducing the amount of trash sent to the landfill by 30 percent by 2010. The amount of recyclables we are recovering from Ohio State football games will go a long way toward the goal.”

Recycling is one element of the university’s Scarlet, Gray & Green sustainability program. Recycling bins are also being supplied to every floor in residence halls this fall. Additionally, a pilot program will provide individual recycling bins for 1000 rooms in several residence halls. Additional efforts include:

 Campus bio-diesel conversion
 Green office supplies
 Energy-saving lights

For more information contact: Christina Redman (614-292-0892/ or Libby Eckhardt (614-292-1477/ )