Game Day Challenge results in

Game Day Challenge results in

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The winners of the 2012 Game Day Challenge, a recycling competition among U.S. colleges and universities, have been crowned.

The goal of the annual Game Day Challenge is to increase recycling and composting at college football games. As part of the challenge, more than 75 schools across the nation collected cans and bottles, cardboard, food waste and more from the tailgate areas, stadium seating and concessions during at least one 2012 regular season home football game. Schools measured and reported their results along with game attendance to be ranked in five separate categories. During this year's competition, 5.4 million fans at 79 participating schools kept nearly 1.09 million pounds of game-day waste out of landfills.

The winners of the 2012 Game Day Challenge are:

  • Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana earned the title of "Recycling Champion" for the greatest per-capita recycling and was also the competition's "Greenhouse Gas Reduction Champion."
  • Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana was crowned "Waste Minimization Champion" for generating the least amount of waste per attendee.
  • Ohio State University was achieved the title of "Diversion Rate Champion" with the highest combined recycling and composting rate.
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas was the "Organics Reduction Champion," recovering the greatest amount of organic materials per attendee.
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