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Clemson wins national 2021 Game Day Recycling Challenge



Clemson University won the national Game Day Recycling Challenge by recycling more waste per capita at a football game last fall than any other college.

Clemson recycled and composted more than 43,000 pounds of bottles, cans, glass, cardboard, paper and food waste at the Nov. 13, 2021, game against Connecticut. That amounts to more than half a pound per game attendee, according to Dave VanDeventer, recycling and solid waste manager.

Other winners were Ohio State University for Food Organics Per Capita and N.C. State for Waste Minimization Per Capita. Each University had to choose one football game for the challenge.

It is the fourth time Clemson has won the challenge, having done so previously in 2014, 2017 and 2018.

VanDeventer said the Clemson effort was led by recycling coordinator Jacob Kiser and several student organizations, including the Sonoco Fresh Zero Waste Creative Inquiry team, Solid Green Club, Eco Reps and Alpha Phi Omega.