U of A Aims to be First SEC School to Achieve Zero Waste on Game Days

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- In 2013 and 2014, the University of Arkansas ranked 1st in the SEC conference for highest recycling amount per capita in the GameDay Recycling Challenge, a nationwide competition among universities to reduce and recycle the waste generated at home football games. Last year, the U of A fell from 1st place to 3rd, falling behind Louisiana State University (LSU) at 1st place and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville at 2nd. This year, we need to take back our place as 1st in the SEC. This is no small feat, and it’s going to take unprecedented support and enthusiasm from all our Razorback fans during every home game to beat the competition.

There are several ways you can help the U of A win the GameDay Challenge at the Texas State game this Saturday.

If you are attending the game:

  • Make sure all of the things you throw away make it to the correct recycling bin
  • Post on social media about how your efforts help make the U of A #uncommon.
  • Spread the word about the GameDay Challenge and encourage them to recycle, too.
  • Post on social media with your best pictures: #RecycleBacks #gamedaychallenge

If you’re not attending the game you can still volunteer:

  • Visit the GivePulse page and register to volunteer with Office for Sustainability interns
  • Earn free food and a free t-shirt, and have fun.

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is one of the major steps the University of Arkansas has been taking to achieve its goal of becoming a zero-waste campus by 2021. The University has also invested in this goal through recycling pilots performed by the Office for Sustainability and through its encouragement that all events held on campus should be working towards becoming zero waste.


Cassandra Gronendyke, administrative specialist
Office for Sustainability
479-575-3715, cmgronen@uark.edu


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