Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium

Who says game days can't be sustainable?

Ohio Stadium is the largest stadium in the country to continuously achieve zero waste status, which refers to diverting 90% or more of materials from the landfill by recycling, repurposing, and composting. The Ohio State University has set a new standard for collegiate stadium recycling, and has ranked #1 in diversion rate within the Big Ten conference for the past seven years.

Contact ATH-Sustains@osu.edu for more information.


Finding a Place for Waste at Ohio Stadium

The Department of Athletics Sustainability program partners with the “I Am Change Outreach,” a non-profit mentorship program of area high school and college students who become members of the Zero Waste Team. These students educate fans about the zero waste program and provide the first round of sorting of recycling and compost generated at Ohio Stadium on game days.

 

2019 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONATTENDANCE
Florida Atlantic8/31/20192.508.1557.7186.38%103,228
Cincinnati9/7/20192.597.59210.3287.37%104,089
Miami9/21/20192.3110.30910.1989.89%103,190
Michigan State10/5/20192.387.48411.1088.66%104,797
Wisconsin10/26/20192.287.47211.9789.50%102,998
Maryland11/9/20191.825.1698.3588.12%101,022
Penn State11/23/20191.864.97511.5289.88%104,355

2018 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSION
Oregon State9/1/20180.822.9711.6994.72%
Rutgers9/8/20180.853.8711.4494.76%
Tulane9/22/20180.924.8110.2994.24%
Indiana10/6/20180.934.3810.7694.24%
Minnesota10/13/20180.963.5910.4093.59%
Nebraska11/3/20181.165.7610.8293.45%
Michigan11/24/20181.316.4213.5193.81%
Season Total6.9531.7978.90
Season Average0.994.5411.2794.12%

2017 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONATTENDANCE
Oklahoma 9/9/20172.515.907.4984.19%109,088
Army9/16/20172.454.697.8083.60%108,414
UNLV9/23/20174.104.229.6577.18%106,187
Maryland10/7/20170.906.058.5194.19%107,180
Penn State10/28/20180.896.298.0494.13%109,302
Michigan State11/11/20180.785.206.1293.52%107,011
Illinois11/18/20170.915.996.2493.09%105,282
Season Total12.5538.3353.87752,464
Season Average1795.487.7088.02%107,495

2016 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONAttendance
Bowling Green9/3/20160.738.834.6494.85%107,193
Tulsa9/10/20160.899.915.8694.67%104,410
Rutgers10/1/20160.577.845.0895.77%105,830
Indiana10/8/20160.628.014.8095.40%107,420
Northwestern10/29/20160.618.035.1395.56%107,296
Nebraska11/5/20180.647.835.5795.43%108,750
Michigan11/26/20170.568.146.1896.23%110,045
Season Total4.6258.5937.25750,944
Season Average0.668.375.3295.40%107,278

2015 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONAttendance
Hawaii9/12/20150.416.526.1796.84%107,145
Northern Illinois 9/19/20150.336.384.3896.99%104,095
Western Michigan9/26/20150.435.055.4696.05%106,123
Maryland10/10/20150.483.965.9696.37%107,869
Penn State10/17/20150.344.743.9196.23%108,423
Minnesota11/7/20150.254.033.1796.62%108,075
Michigan State11/26/20150.325.323.0396.26%110,045
Season Total2.5836.0132.07750,705
Season Average0.375.144.5896.35%107,244

2014 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONAttendance
Virginia Tech9/6/20140.232.552.5195.68%107,517
Kent State9/13/20140.473.094.5594.17%104,404
Cincinnati9/27/20140.363.631.9393.88%108,362
Rutgers10/18/20140.483.122.0793.82%106,795
Illinois11/1/20140.163.312.6597.34%106,961
Indiana11/22/20140.072.043.3398.68%101,426
Michigan11/29/20140.312.062.0693.10%108,610
Season Total1.9519.7919.12744,075
Season Average0.282.832.7395.24%106,296

2013 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONAttendance
Buffalo8/31/20130.304.673.5796.5%103,980
San Diego State9/7/20130.356.235.0297.0%104,984
Florida A&M9/21/20130.243.095.0997.1%103,595
Wisconsin9/28/20130.112.514.6598.5%105,826
Iowa#10/19/20134.362.453.0956.0%105,264
Penn State10/26/20130.282.655.1196.5%105,889
Indiana11/23/20130.142.104.7598.10%104,990
Season Total5.823.731.390.5%734,528
Season Average0.83.44.590.5%104,933

2012 Season

GAMEDATETRASHRECYCLECOMPOSTDIVERSIONAttendance
Miami (OH)*9/21/20126.422.66.581.9%105,039
UCF*9/8/20122.16.93.583.2%104,745
California*9/15/20122.67.03.579.9%105,232
UAB*9/22/20122.17.54.184.6%105,019
Nebraska+10/06/20121.55.44.687.0%106,102
Purdue+10/20/20120.86.47.794.4%105,290
Illinois+11/3/20120.26.55.598.2%105,311
Michigan+11/24/20120.36.15.997.4%105,899
Season Total16.268.541.387.2%842,637
Season Average2.08.65.287.2%105,330

Tailgate Recycling Program

The Tailgate Recycling Program is one component of Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium, and Ohio State’s participation in the Game Day Recycling Challenge. During football game-days please recycle plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans, disposing of all other items into the trash dumpsters in tailgate lots. View our Sustainability Fan Guide for additional tips to make your game day experience more environmentally responsible.


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