Tailgating Goes Green for 2018 Virginia Tech Football Season

posted by Caroline Cook - 

There will be a sea of maroon and orange on the Virginia Tech campus tomorrow for the sold out home opener against William & Mary.  But fans will also encounter a sea of green as the Office of Sustainability's Game Day Green Tailgating team takes to the parking lots across campus to collect recyclables. 

During home football games, the student-run Green Tailgating team will collect bottles and cans from tailgates and hand out blue recycling bags.  The team will also strive to build awareness around sustainability, recycling, and waste reduction through their efforts.  During the 2017 football season, nearly 14,000 pounds of recycling materials was collected during games 

The Green Tailgating team will have a booth at Hokie Village tomorrow and will visit five of the main tailgate lots, including Cassell Coliseum, Stadium, Maintenance, Outdoor Track/Softball, and Chicken Hill. 

Tips for tailgate recycling: 

  • Look for recycling flags posted in the Coliseum, Stadium, Track/Field House, Chicken Hill, and Facilities parking lots where individuals can obtain free blue recycling bags.
  • Plastic bottles, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastics #1-2 can all be recycled.
  • Filled recycling bags should be left at a recycling flag.
  • Paper plates, napkins, styrofoam, foil food pans, solo cups, plastic cutlery, and food waste are not recyclable and should not be included in the bag.

To learn more about Game Day Green Tailgating, click HERE

Photo:  Virginia Tech Communications

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