Go Green on Game Day with UA Recycling

The UA Office of Sustainability has partnered with UA Gameday to increase recycling efforts and make it easier for tailgaters to keep recyclables out of landfills.

On home game days look for the recycling tent, with attention-getting banners and signage. While fans can bring recycling to the tent, UA staff members also circulate among tailgaters on the Quad, offering recycling bags to fans and picking up recyclables, making it almost effortless to participate.

While there are many permanently placed recycling containers across campus, the game day tent doesn’t always make an appearance. “Kick-off time and anticipated crowd size will also determine whether or not we put up a tent for certain home games,” said Tyreece Hampton, director of logistics and support services.

The Office of Sustainability’s website has current data on UA’s overall recycling efforts. Hampton said the office is reviewing ways to improve the game day effort and possibly expand it to other events on campus.

 

A lot of things you can recycle, and a few you can’t

UA has recycled 1,438.60 tons so far this year, a 14.8 increase over last year.

UA Recycling accepts:

  • Plastics numbered 1-7
  • Aluminum cans (but not aluminum foil)
  • Steel cans
  • Cardboard (including pizza boxes, but remove food residue)
  • Newspapers and office paper (but not waxed paper)

UA Recycling does not accept:

  • Styrofoam
  • Wire hangers

What about glass?

The City of Tuscaloosa has a glass recycling container at the Ancillary Services Building at 1115 14th St. The city accepts brown, green, blue or clear glass (but not light bulbs or mirrors).

For a full list of what UA recycles and where those items can be taken, visit http://recycling.ua.edu/right.html.

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