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Zero Waste Game Day

A waste warrior pushes a recycle bin through game day crowd.

2021 Football Season

Please keep our campus and Neyland Stadium clean! Take all items from your tailgate or seating area and put them in the right place. Make sure your recyclables are empty and clean so they’re free of liquids and food.

Only these items can be recycled:

  • Empty plastic cups & bottles
  • Empty cans
  • Clean paper
  • Clean cardboard (including empty pizza boxes)

Please put these items in the trash (do NOT recycle):

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic utensils, bags & wrap
  • Aluminum foil & pans
  • Paper cups, bowls & plates
  • Candy wrappers
  • Disposable gloves & masks
  • Any items with food or liquid

Trash and Recycling Stations are located in 5 parking areas on campus. Click here for map:

  • Lot 9
  • G10T
  • G5/30
  • SDHM Permits
  • Lot 23B

Each station includes bag dispensers for green recycling bags and clear trash bags, along with a dumpster for trash and a dumpster for recycling. We will not have volunteers this year to hand out bags, so make sure you pick yours up at the stations.

Please clean up your area before going to the game and dispose of all materials in appropriate dumpsters.

What is Zero Waste Game Day?

We partner with Athletics, Aramark, and Eastman’s “Good Sports Always Give Back” program for Zero Waste Game Days. Our goal is to keep at least 90% of waste produced at home sporting events out of the landfill through recycling, composting, and food donation.

Waste at Football Games

In 2019, home football games produced more than 23 tons of landfill waste per game on average. That means as Vols, we sent 162 tons of waste to already overflowing landfills over the course of the season.

Vol fans know that Neyland Stadium is a sacred space. But sometimes it gets treated like a trash can. What’s more, most of the items that get tossed could be recycled or composted.

Our Efforts

The Tennessee Volunteers want to do better, and it’s possible! During our best ever season in 2015, we diverted 66% of waste from the landfill.

You can find the Waste Warriors at every home football game collecting recycling at tailgates, monitoring bins outside the stadium, and helping fans recycle.

Gameday recycling binRocky Top Recycling

Fans entering tailgating areas can pick up a green bag for recycling and a clear plastic bag for landfill waste at the waste stations. Recycling around Rocky Top helps divert waste from landfills and keeps Vol dollars right here in Big Orange Country.

There are 5 recycling dumpsters spread throughout designated tailgating areas. Tailgaters are responsible for bringing their full bags to the recycling dumpsters before or after the game.

Green Bag: Recyclables
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Steel cans
  • Clean paper products
  • Beverage boxes
  • Cardboard boxes (always flatten corrugated, please)

Clear Bag: Landfill Waste
  • Food waste
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Foils and wraps
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass Bottles