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Ohio State named Big Ten diversion rate champion

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University was named 2015 diversion rate champion for the Big Ten Conference in the GameDay Recycling Challenge, highlighting the university’s strong commitment to sustainability. The challenge is a competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their respective football games.

This season nearly 100 collegiate programs participated in the GameDay Recycling Challenge. For the 2015 football season, Ohio State had a diversion average of 96.35 percent, leading all Big Ten schools, and bringing Ohio State its fourth diversion rate conference title in a row. In total, more than 68 tons of waste were diverted to either recycling or composting, while only three tons were sent to the landfill.

The highest single-game diversion rate was during the Sept. 19 game against Northern Illinois, when Ohio State diverted 96.99 percent of materials from the landfill and into recycling or compost.

In the GameDay Challenge National Champion categories, which include both stadium and tailgate materials, Ohio State increased in rank to 20th in diversion rate and 9th in recycling, a significant increase from the 2014 rankings of 27th and 20th, respectively.

For more information on the GameDay Recycling Challenge, please visit: http://gamedaychallenge.org/participating-schools/2015-results/.