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Gameday Recycling Program

Kinnick Goes Green

Each fall, Kinnick Stadium goes green as part of the game day recycling effort spearheaded by University of Iowa Athletics, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, Waste Management. These Iowa Recycling Team partners are reducing the amount of trash ending up in the landfill after football games.

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The game day recycling program has three areas of concentration:

  • Pre-game: 26 gold-top recycling containers are placed at the Kinnick entrance gates, staffed by Delta Tau Delta brothers to help fans sort their recyclable materials. Greek organizations such as Delta Upsilon also assist in the effort, but other groups and individual volunteers also help staff the bin stations.
  • During the game: Food service workers and Aramark collect food and kitchen waste in the concession stands and Press Box areas for composting. Recycling bins are set in the concourse areas, along with the Coca-Cola bottle-shaped bins.
  • Post-game cleanup: City High and West High students collect recyclable materials and keeps these items separate from waste. Waste Management trucks then haul all the materials collected at games to a local recycling facility.

This game day recycling program is part of the UI’s 2020 Vision sustainability goal to divert 60 percent of waste from the landfill by 2020.

What Can Be Recycled

Fans can do their part by recycling plastic bottles, cans, plastic souvenir cups, paper cups, coffee cup holders and lids, popcorn buckets, cardboard and paper. Items not accepted include bags, glass, food or food-covered containers. Please keep any liquid out of recyclable containers!




At total of 36,485 pounds of recyclables and organic material were collected, with 37 percent of the waste being diverted from the landfill. The highest diversion rate at a game was 57 percent on Oct. 12 vs. Indiana.


For the 2013 season, 37,397 pounds of recycling and compostable material were diverted from the landfill at seven Hawkeye football games this season. That's 18 1/2 tons of recycling and organics!

For the second season, the UI took part the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly recycling competition among U.S. colleges and universities. The UI did well in several categories, with its top placing of 11th in the waste minimization category. At the Western Michigan game, only .158 of a pound of waste was generated per fan.

The UI’s high score for waste diversion was at the opening game Aug. 31 game against Northern Illinois, when the UI recycled 12,040 pounds of material and composted 960 pounds of organics, achieving a 60 percent diversion rate and ranking 24th among the competing colleges and universities. For complete results and to see how the UI stacked up in the Big Ten, see the Game Day Challenge results page.


The Iowa Recycling Team's goal was to divert 60 percent of the waste at Kinnick from the landfill through recycling and composting programs. The Iowa Recycling Team's high score for a game was 57 percent diversion at the Iowa vs. Northern Iowa game Sept. 15, followed by 53 percent at the Iowa vs Minnesota game Sept. 29.

For the season, the recycling team:

•Doubled diversion rates from 25% in 2011 to 52 percent 2012

•Added composting of food material- diverted 13,400 lbs. of organics from the landfill

•Recycled 32,243 lbs. or 16 tons of cans, paper, plastic


"Game on for recycling" - Daily Iowan Opinion, Sept. 20, 2012

News Releases

Iowa Recycling Team Scores at Kinnick Stadium, Sept. 6, 2012




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