Game Day Recycling

UT Recycling is working in partnership with UT Athletics and Good Sports Always Recycle to eliminate all waste associated with athletic events.  As you can imagine, 100,000 fans in Neyland Stadium and tailgating areas can produce a substantial amount of waste.  Help the UT Recycling staff by volunteering a few hours of your time as we Recycle to Rise Above the Rest.

Come out and help us Keep Neyland Beautiful!


EPA Game Day Challenge

The Game Day Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games. During the challenge, colleges and universities implement waste reduction programs during home football games. Schools track and report waste reductions and disposal—data that is used to rank the schools.

UT Recycling is exploring expanding their current Game Day Challenge to include the Chick-fil-A Kickoff schools. Be sure to check our Facebook page and posts to track UT’s progress throughout the football season.


What’s New

This year, all fans entering tailgating areas will receive a clear plastic bag for trash and a blue bag for recycling.  There are 14 dumpster locations spread throughout the designated tailgating areas.  Each location has one dumpster for recycling, and one dumpster for trash.  Tailgaters are responsible for bringing their full bags to the appropriate dumpsters before or after the game.

Blue Bag Recyclables

  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Steel cans
  • Clean paper products
  • Glass
  • Beverage boxes

Please Discard in Clear Trash Bag

  • Food waste
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Foils and wraps
  • Cardboard/take out boxes with food contamination
  • Styrofoam

Please flatten any corrugated cardboard and place next to the recycling dumpsters.


Our Partners

Since 1993 the Athletics Department has partnered with Eastman Chemical Company, Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Waste Connections, and Food City in the Good Sports Always Recycle (GSAR) program. GSAR recycles stadium cups from all arena and athletic events and coordinates a statewide recycling education program. Along with game day recycling, the program also supports recycling at ten schools each year in Tennessee. Schools with outstanding recycling programs win a donation of $500 and are recognized at a football game in November.

Learn more about GSAR