FAYETTEVILLE – When Arkansas hosts Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference football game this Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it will also be competing against 91 other institutions from all over the country in an effort to reduce waste reduction as part of the 2010 Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Game Day Challenge.
Universities and colleges from around the nation will wage a friendly competition to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. The amount of waste generated and recycled will determine which school is the greenest. Winners will be recognized for several categories including: least amount of waste generated per attendee, greatest greenhouse gas reductions, highest recycling rate, highest organics reduction rate (i.e., food donation and composting) and highest combined recycling and composting rate.
“Razorback Athletics is proud to take part in the 2010 Game Day Challenge,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “By sponsoring this green initiative on our campus, we hope to heighten awareness and increase participation in our waste reduction programs. We are asking all Razorback fans to help us reduce waste by depositing recycling items in the appropriate green bins located in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, in parking lots and tailgating areas throughout campus.”
Schools will track and report recycling and waste data to the EPA for one football game in the month of October. The EPA will announce the winning schools in November.
In its first two on-campus games this season, Razorback Athletics has collected 3.7 tons of recycled material including 2.59 tons at the Arkansas-Alabama game on Sept. 25.
Razorback Athletics has also partnered with the University’s Office of Sustainability, Razorback Sports Properties and habitotes®, a Northwest Arkansas-based company that makes durable, reusable totes from recycled water bottles to facilitate the distribution of 50,000 Razorback-themed tots to fans attending the Arkansas-Ole Miss game on Saturday.
The Hog Wild habitote – bearing a Razorback on one side and the University of Arkansas’ Old Main logo on the other – was developed specifically for the occasion and will be distributed at the game with the help of the University of Arkansas’ Green Groups Guild and Fayetteville High School’s Green Team.
Made from recycled water bottles, the same 50,000 totes represent the removal of 250,000 plastic water bottles from the world’s waste stream.
With more than one million fans attending athletic events on campus annually, Razorback Athletics is an integral part of the University of Arkansas’ recycling and sustainability efforts. As part of its sustainability efforts, Razorback Athletics provides recycle bins for all on-campus athletic competition venues.