Iowa Recycling Team Scores at Kinnick Stadium

Sept. 13, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa —During the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game Sept. 8, the Iowa Recycling Team collected 4,700 pounds (more than 2 tons) of recyclable materials and 620 pounds of food waste, diverting 40 percent of the waste generated from the landfill.

The diversion rate is up 15 percent from the baseline set last season at the Iowa vs. Michigan game Nov. 5, when approximately 25 percent of the waste generated was recycled and diverted from the landfill. The University of Iowa’s game day recycling team hopes to more than double that number, aiming for a 60 percent diversion rate this season.

The Iowa Recycling Team, comprised of University of Iowa Athletics, Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, Waste Management, ARAMARK, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and the ECO Hawk student organization, are partnering to reduce the amount of waste ending up in the landfill after football games.

Delta Tau Delta members and other volunteers staffed recycling stations at the Kinnick gates, helping fans sort their recyclable materials in 24 gold-top containers. Seventeen containers were set in the concourse areas, adding to the Coca-Cola bottle-shaped bins already in place.

ARAMARK and Iowa Memorial Union Catering gathered food and kitchen waste in the concession stands and Press Box areas for composting. During the post-game cleanup on Sundays, the recycling team helped students to sort recyclable materials from the stadium. Waste Management then hauled the materials to a City Carton recycling facility.

The Iowa Recycling Team will be working at the University of Iowa vs. University of Northern Iowa game Sept. 15 and all Hawkeye home football games. Fans can to their part by recycling plastic bottles, cans, plastic souvenir cups, paper cups, coffee cup holders and lids, popcorn buckets, cardboard and paper. Items not accepted include bags, glass, food or food-covered containers.

This game day recycling program is part of the UI’s 2020 Vision sustainability goal diverting 60 percent of waste from the landfill by 2020 Student groups are encouraged to join the Iowa Recycling Team to help make Kinnick greener. For information about volunteering, click HERE or contact the Office of Sustainability at 319-335-5517 or