Ohio State Sets Zero Waste Record at Illinois Game
Ohio Stadium set a Zero Waste record at Illinois

Nov. 15, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium program set a record at the Illinois game, achieving a 98.2 diversion rate of stadium trash from the landfill. This new milestone beats the Nebraska game’s 94.3 diversion rate. Both games reached their goals of 90 percent.

The Illinois game created 6.54 tons of recycled material, while just 0.22 tons of trash was sent to the landfill. A breakdown of the Illinois and Nebraska games can be seen below:

Illinois Game
Recycle: 6.54 tons
Compost (Food Diversion): 5.45 tons
Trash: 0.22 tons

Nebraska Game
Recycled: 5.4 tons
Compost (Food Diversion): 5.5 tons
Trash: 0.7 tons

The term "zero waste" refers to a 90 percent diversion rate of trash from landfills, which is achieved by recycling and composting. In order to achieve that goal, most items purchased inside Ohio Stadium will be either recyclable or compostable.

The Horseshoe's green initiative is just a small part of the Ohio State's overall commitment to sustainability, which includes campus-wide recycling efforts, clean energy and environmental research, green curriculum, and green building practices.