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Zero Waste Gameday

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UT Recycling is working in partnership with UT Athletics, Aramark, Office of Sustainability, and Good Sports Always Recycle to eliminate at least 90% of waste created during athletic events through recycling and composting across Big Orange Country.

Tennessee football in its current state creates over 21 tons of landfill waste per game, nearly all of which is recyclable or compostable. That means that each football season generates over 147 tons of waste that contributes to water and air pollution and increases already overwhelmed landfill levels. The University of Tennessee Volunteers want to do better! Help UT Recycling achieve zero waste by volunteering a few hours of your time as we shutout waste in and around Neyland.

Come help us Keep Neyland Beautiful and shutout waste!

Rocky Top Recycling

All fans entering tailgating areas will receive a blue bag for recycling and a clear plastic bag for landfill waste. The more recycling you have, the better! UT earns money for recycling some materials but must pay to have trash disposed. Recycling around Rocky Top helps divert waste from landfills and keeps Vol dollars right here in Big Orange Country.

There are 12 zero waste locations spread throughout the designated tailgating areas with recycle, compost, and landfill receptacles. Tailgaters are responsible for bringing their full bags to the zero waste stations before or after the game.

Blue Bag Recyclables

If it looks like plastic, recycle it!

  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Steel cans
  • Clean paper products
  • Glass
  • Beverage boxes

Please flatten any corrugated cardboard and place next to the recycling dumpsters.

Clear Bag Landfill Waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, then landfill.

  • Food waste
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Foils and wraps
  • Cardboard/take out boxes with food contamination
  • Styrofoam

When in doubt, recycle it!


Get Caught Green Handed

tastefully blurryVols caught recycling or composting at zero waste locations will be eligible for prizes. Two grand prize winners each game will receive a football signed by Butch Jones.

To get caught green handed while tailgating around Big Orange Country or while watching the game inside Neyland stadium, bring your recyclable and compostable materials to a zero waste station.​

EPA Game Day Challenge

The Game Day Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games. During the challenge, colleges and universities implement waste reduction programs during home football games. Schools track and report waste reductions and disposal—data that is used to rank the schools.

UT Zero Waste is exploring expanding their current Game Day Challenge to include the Chick-fil-A Kickoff schools. Be sure to check our Facebook page and posts to track UT’s progress throughout the football season.

Our Partners

Since 1993 the Athletics Department has partnered with Eastman Chemical Company, Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Waste Connections, and Food City in the Good Sports Always Recycle (GSAR) program. GSAR recycles stadium cups from all arena and athletic events and coordinates a statewide recycling education program. Along with game day recycling, the program also supports recycling at ten schools each year in Tennessee. Schools with outstanding recycling programs win a donation of $500 and are recognized at a football game in November.

Learn more about GSAR

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