Students Score Big for Recycling at Vandal Football Tailgate Events

Friday, November 12 2010

Written by Alecia Hoene

MOSCOW, Idaho – Amidst the tailgate revelry at University of Idaho football games, a group of devoted student volunteers endeavors to keep the Kibbie Dome parking lot clean and green.

The University of Idaho Sustainability Center is administering its second annual Tailgate Recycling Program this fall, a student-run effort to reduce waste associated with tailgate activities. Student volunteers supply fans with recycling bags and disperse receptacles throughout the parking lot to collect aluminum, plastic, glass and paper recyclables.

“After three home games, 74 volunteers have collected almost 1,500 pounds of recyclables, including 479 pounds of aluminum and 945 pounds of glass,” said Joe Nickels, sustainability planner at the UISC.

Without recycling, these materials would be collected and transported directly to landfills. The UISC works with Moscow Recycling to ensure that all materials are properly sorted and transported to the Recycling Center, thereby extending the life cycle of the materials.

Volunteers also share information about how and what to recycle, empowering fans to show their Vandal pride by keeping the parking lot clean and reducing the waste stream.

The ground work for the Tailgate Recycling Program was established by a student group as part of a project management class in the College of Business and Economics. UISC student staff used this framework to pilot the recycling program in fall 2009.

To get involved in Vandal Tailgate Recycling, contact UISC Volunteer Coordinator Katie Tribley at or (509) 630-9620.

For more information about the university’s sustainability efforts, contact the University of Idaho Sustainability Center at or visit
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit