The City Recycling Office says about 8,920 pounds of recyclables were collected during the first three Nebraska home football games. That includes more than three tons collected inside Memorial Stadium and more than one ton collected through the "Go Green for Big Red" volunteer effort in UNL parking lots and walkways. In previous years, the University collected recyclables only in and around the stadium. This year's total represents a 36-percent increase in the amount of game day recycling so far this year.
We are pleased that we've been able to expand the recycling services outside the stadium," said Rich Wahl, Construction Manager for UNL Landscape Services. "The fans seem to appreciate the opportunity to recycle. We encourage fans to continue to improve their recycling efforts and to 'Go Green for Big Red.'
Three hours prior to kickoff, 34 volunteers wearing green sling bags distributed recycling bags along with a list of items that can be recycled. Volunteers collected the bags of aluminum cans and plastic bottles and cups shortly before kickoff and took them to the Recycling Enterprises drop-off site. The company donates revenue back to organizers on a per-pound basis to support future recycling efforts.
The "Go Green for Big Red" effort is seeking volunteers for the remaining four home games. Volunteers meet at Gate 15 of the stadium 3 ½ hours prior to kickoff. The meeting time for Saturday's game against Texas Tech is 11 a.m. For more information, contact AmeriCorps volunteer Kelly Heavey at 441-6845 or email@example.com.
"Go Green for Big Red" is a joint venture of the City of Lincoln, UNL Landscape Services, AmeriCorps and Recycling Enterprises. More information on recycling is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycling).