Republic Services of Southern Nevada is working with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in its efforts to compete in the GameDay Recycling Challenge, a competition between 72 college football programs nationwide. The 2015 version of the contest took place Saturday, Sept. 25.
“We have a great partnership with Republic Services and are happy to be able to participate in events like these where we compete against other universities while making a difference in the community,” says Tara Pike, director of UNLV Rebel Recycling. “We have had success in the past with similar competitions and we are proud to team up again for the annual Game Day Recycling Challenge.”
In the 2014 GameDay Recycling Challenge, UNLV fans recycled more than 2,700 pounds during the Sept. 13 game against Northern Illinois University, and they recycled more than 7,300 pounds throughout the season. In 2013, UNLV finished second nationally in recycling and organics participation and ranked seventh out of 53 participating schools in greenhouse gas reductions, according to a Republic Services of Southern Nevada news release.
“We are thrilled to team up again this season with UNLV,” says Tim Oudman, area president of Republic Services in Las Vegas. “UNLV has been a leader for more than two decades in recycling programs that involve the entire university community, instilling sustainable behaviors that last a lifetime.”
At the Sept. 25, 2015, UNLV game against Idaho State, student volunteers signed up to wear recycling referee attire and additional recycling signage was to be displayed inside and outside of the stadium.
Arrangements were made for the commingled recyclables collected at the game to be collected and weighed, with school officials then reporting the totals to the GameDay Challenge office. Winners of the 2015 contest will be announced on Dec. 14, 2015.
National rankings are based on overall diversion rates as well as the total weight of recycling, organics composted and food donated, both inside a stadium and in tailgating areas.
Republic Services of Southern Nevada employs more than 1,200 people and operates a fleet of more than 400 collection trucks in the region.