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Scarlet, Gray & Green: Ohio State Brings Recycling to the Best Fans in the Land

The Ohio State Department of Athletics and Office of Business and Finance will partner this fall to institute a recycling program that will launch Sept. 1 at the Buckeyes' first home football game vs. Youngstown State. The initiative will run throughout Ohio State's home football schedule in Ohio Stadium. In addition to recycling inside the stadium, recycling will be encouraged at selected surface lots.

Scarlet, Gray & Green is a sustainability campaign, implemented last year by the Facilities Operations and Development office, in an effort to encourage recycling and other sustainable activities on The Ohio State University campus. This fall, an estimated 16 tons of trash will be diverted from landfill as a result of recycling programs in Ohio Stadium and tailgating lots for all seven home games. Since the university's recycling initiative began with a nine-building pilot program in November 2006, more than 61 tons of recycling has been diverted from landfill. Recycling initiatives encourage students, faculty and staff to not only recycle, but also to prevent and reduce waste.

To help fans partake in the campaign's success, tailgaters will be provided with recycling bags at 14 designated lots. All items – bottles, cans, plastic, paper, cardboard – can be combined in the bags. Fans then place the recycling bags in one of 28 scarlet recycling dumpsters at the parking lots, which will be clearly labeled. Recyclables in Ohio Stadium will be hand separated from the trash bins following the conclusion of the games.

“Inside the stadium, we are paying a vendor to separate the recyclables from the trash to further divert trash from landfills – all waste can be deposited in the same bin,” David Brown, associate athletics director for marketing and promotions, said. “We wanted to make it as easy as we could for fans to make this project as successful as possible.&rdquo

Tailgate recycling was made possible by a $31,900 College and University Recycling & Waste Reduction Program grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Part of the grant went toward the purchase of the scarlet recycling dumpsters.

2007 Ohio State Football Recycling Tailgating Lots: Buckeye Lot
Agriculture Administration
Agriculture Engineering
French Field House, North and South
Ohio Stadium, Northeast and Northwest
Vivian Hall
OSU Medical Center Hospital
Fawcett Center, North and South
Bill Davis Stadium
Jack Nicklaus Museum
Veterinarian Hospital

Recycling Facts• The recycling industry in Ohio employs 100,000 Buckeyes (Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2001).

• During the 2006 football season, fans discarded approximately 225,000 plastic bottles. Plastic bottles, along with cardboard, constitute the majority of recyclable materials discarded during a football game.

• It takes 57% less energy to make new plastic items from recycled plastic.
(Estimates derived from data supplied by Argonne National Labs (1980, 1981), DOE (1982),Franklin Associates (1990), AL Associates, AISI, Phillips 66, Wellman (1991). Conversions based on data from Love (1974), CRC (1978), Perry (1984), EIS (1990).

• It takes hundreds of years for a plastic bottle to decompose.

• Recycling all plastic bottles this football season will save enough energy to heat five average homes for one year.
(Estimates derived from data supplied by Argonne National Labs (1980, 1981), DOE (1982),Franklin Associates (1990), AL Associates, AISI, Phillips 66, Wellman (1991). Conversions based on data from Love (1974), CRC (1978), Perry (1984), EIS (1990). Conversion calculated by OSU Energy Services and Sustainability Office)

• Plastic bottles are made from oil. Recycling all the plastic bottles in the stadium during the football season saves approximately 3,200 gallons of oil. (Energy Information Administration and Argonne National Labs)

• Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 390 kWh of energy, 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil. http://www.coworkforce.com/GreeningCDLE/cardboardfacts.asp

• Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space.