This fall, Kinnick Stadium will be a little greener thanks to new game day recycling effort, starting with the Iowa vs. Iowa State game Sept. 8.
University of Iowa Athletics, Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, Waste Management, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and the ECO Hawk student organization are partnering to reduce the amount of trash ending up in the landfill after football games.
Twenty-four gold-top recycling containers will be placed at the Kinnick entrance gates and 17 containers will be set in the concourse areas, adding to the Coca-Cola bottle-shaped bins already in place.
Fans can do 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. Volunteers led by Delta Tau Delta members will be staffing recycling stations at the gates to educate and assist fans with sorting their recyclable materials.
ARAMARK is also joining the effort by collecting pre-consumer waste (kitchen waste) in the concessions and Press Box areas for composting. During the post-game cleanup on Sundays, Delta Tau Delta brothers will assist City High and West High students to sort recyclable materials. Waste Management will haul all the materials collected at games to a City Carton recycling facility.
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. During last season’s Iowa vs. Michigan game on Nov. 5, approximately 25 percent of the waste generated was recycled and diverted from the landfill. UI’s game day recycling team hopes to more than double that number, aiming for a 60 percent diversion rate this season, according to Brion Hurley, an ECO Hawk member and former Iowa Hawkeye kicker.
Student groups are encouraged to join the UI recycling team to help make Kinnick greener. For information about volunteering, see http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/gameday-recycling/ or contact the Office of Sustainability at 319-335-5517 or email@example.com.