I meant to check on this before the Civil War, but the latest match-up on trash has pretty much the same outcome as Saturday’s 48-24 football game.
The University of Oregon trounced Oregon State University in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Game Day” recycling competition, which tracks how much trash is generated and diverted from landfills at football games during the month of October.
While OSU was significantly better at minimizing trash per person and a little bit better at reusing and composting food waste, Oregon was way ahead in recycling per person, its rate of diverting trash from landfills and greenhouse gas reductions.
Beavers game spectators generated a little more than half pound of waste per person (.585 pounds) while Ducks game spectators generated closer to a pound per person (.888 pounds).
However, more of the waste from the Ducks games was diverted from landfills (43.3 percent) than from Beavers games (29.37 percent).
The amount of waste that was recycled at Ducks games (.35 pounds per person) was more than twice the amount recycled at Beavers games (.13 pounds per person).
The Ducks managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with game day trash by 30 metric tons of carbon dioxide while the Beavers reduced their carbon dioxide emission equivalent by 9 metric tons.
The Beavers did reuse and compost more food waste (.047 pounds per person) than the Ducks did (.035 pounds per person), but not by much.
Note, these are 2011 results. Unfortunately, the 2012 results aren’t up yet.
And Oregon didn’t win the national competition, which included 75 colleges and universities and nearly a half-million pounds of waste diverted from landfills last year.
The recycling champion last year was the University of Virginia, where the recycled waste per person was .78 pounds – more than twice what the Ducks recycled.