August 28,2014 — When the University of Louisiana kicks off its fall football season Saturday, it will also start a new push to reduce waste. At Cajun Field, recycling and waste containers will be available at every tailgating spot and in other high-traffic areas.
Tailgating spots will have green recycling bins and blue trash bins. Inside the stadium, recycling materials will go into red containers, while trash will be stashed in black bins.
UL Lafayette AmeriCorps students will be present to encourage fans to use the bins and answer any questions. Fans produce 10 to 14 tons of waste per home game. University's Director of Sustainability, Gretchen Vanicor, says the University is looking at all ways to be a more green campus.
"We have really started to look at other ways to reduce our waste. Really a way to expand this sort of zero waste effort. So we are not just looking at recycling, we are reducing waste over all." said Vanicor.
"We are making it as convent as possible for our fans, and our students, and our staff to all recycle while they are here for while they are tailgating and inside the game."
The University will determine the volume collected during home games to compete in a collegiate recycling contest, called the Game Day Challenge.
So while the team is competing on the field, Ragin' Cajun fans will be competing in the Game Day Challenge, helping make the University of Louisiana an even better place to tailgate and watch the game!