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Game Day, Green Day

10/31/13

By Melissa Beecher | Chronicle Staff

Published: Oct. 31, 2013

Maroon and gold — and green?

For the second football season in a row, Eagles have been competing not only on the gridiron, but also in the parking lots and tailgate events in the Game Day Recycling Challenge. It’s all part of a friendly competition among colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at home football games. During each game, tailgaters are provided different plastic bags – blue for recyclables, white for non-recyclables – and the waste is collected by BC Facilities. Officials track and report waste reductions and disposal data that are used in rankings of other schools.

At this weekend’s game against Virginia Tech, fans will see a “Green BC” tent outside Gate E. More information on this program, as well as additional efforts to make BC greener will be available. Volunteers from EcoPledge, Real Food and other student organizations will be available to answer questions and provide t-shirts and water bottles to participating fans.

To date, BC has collected and recycled 50 tons of waste. The goal is to achieve a 50 percent overall recycling rate, said BC Sustainability Program Director Robert Pion.

“We’re hoping that this helps people think more about the waste they produce,” said Pion. “Currently, each person at BC generates about 595 pounds of trash a year. When we look at the amount of recycling per person, that number drops to 243 pounds. Many groups across campus are working hard to instill a greater sense of responsibility and increased dedication toward environmental stewardship.”

Last year, Pion noted, BC placed ninth among 67 participating schools for the Recycling Champion category. The diversion rate of waste was 45.8 percent.

“This year, the goal is to do even better,” he said.

Facilities Management, the Office of Engineering and Energy, Office of Sustainability, Dining Services, BClean and others all played a role in increasing recycling efforts on campus between June 2012 and May 2013, when a 41 percent recycling rate was achieved, said Pion.

The Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful. It is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency program WasteWise.