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Zero Waste Football Game Results

Date: November 1, 2012

GVSU Holland student volunteers helped with the annual homecoming game by being zero waste volunteers. They taught the public what to recycle and what to compost. Here are the results in weight from the game:

Landfill - 1,835 lbs
Recyclables - 862 lbs
Compostables - 1,726 lbs
Diversion Rate - 58.5%

Bart Bartels, project manager for SCDI, said the Student Environmental Coalition began collecting compostable and recyclable items at football games last year. “We began noticing that people were starting to look for recycle bins,” he said.

At one game, students collected more than 1,800 cans and bottles, 10 large bags full of plastic bottles and more than 200 pizza boxes.

Bartels said there are more than 100 students who want to help with the new Zero Waste Initiative this year. Students from the Honors College, Campus Dining, Women’s Center, Student Environmental Coalition, Meijer Holland Campus and Office of Student Life will assist with educating fans about compostable and recyclable items, and gather materials during the game.

Recycle and compost bins will be located throughout campus at tailgating parking lots, at entrances to Lubbers Stadium and near seating inside the stadium.

“Getting to zero waste is a goal, not an expectation,” said Steve Leeser, operations supervisor for Facilities Services. “Right now we’re focusing on educating people about the importance of recycling and composting.”
 

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