Bringing it in? Take it back out

Bringing it in? Take it back out

Illustration by Jack Davis

bUGA appealed directly to football fans this fall asking them to police their own tailgates and leave the campus trash free at the end of game days. In an effort to improve trash collection on game days, the university distributed 12,000 trash bags in parking lots and around campus before home games. Volunteers also walked through tailgating areas encouraging fans to bag their trash and put it in nearby trash and recycling receptacles provided by the university. UGA increased the number of disposable trash boxes on campus from 1,200 to 1,500 on game days and also brought in large roll-away dumpsters to collect trash from tailgaters.

American Stadium Services, the firm hired to clean the campus on Sundays following a football game, began sending initial crews through North Campus during the first quarter of games to collect trash set aside by fans. In addition, UGA increased the number of port-a-johns available on campus to dissuade visitors from using bathrooms in campus buildings.

For more on UGA’s game day recycling program, go to