Game Day Recycling


Be a part of Notre Dame’s efforts to #GoIrish #BeGreen!

At each home game, teams of volunteer students circulate through the Stadium, Joyce, Library, Bulla, Burke, and Bookstore tailgate lots, distributing blue recycle bags to tailgate fans and answering questions about single stream recycling.

If you would like your student group to volunteer to hand out bags, please email the Office of Sustainability at

How does it work?

In an effort to promote recycling and to keep the most congested parking lots clean, parking lot attendants will distribute 2 blue bags for recycling and 2 clear bags for trash to each incoming car. We ask that fans do not overload the exterior trash and recycling barrels.  Fans can leave their recycle and clear trash bags behind their vehicles for pickup before kickoff, making sure your blue recycle bag is loosely tied or open, but not overflowing.  Fans can leave their tied-up clear trash bag behind their vehicle for pick-up before kickoff.  

Here are two ways you can help be a part of Notre Dame's efforts to go green.

We’ve made recycling outside of the stadium convenient and easy for our tailgate fans.

Items you can recycle outside of the stadium (after emptying food and liquids into the clear trash bag)

  • Bottles – glass & plastic
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastics #1 - #2 (please make sure to place your Styrofoam and plastics #3 - #6 in the clear trash bag)

We've also made recycling inside the stadium easy and convenient.  Throughout the upper and lower level concourse areas you will find clearly marked green Recycle containers where you can place your empty plastic water bottles and corrugated cardboard food/beverage tray.

Items you can recycle inside of the stadium (after emptying food and liquids into the landfill container)

  • Plastics #1 - #2
  • Clean cardboard – like your clean, empty pizza box and candy box
  • Clean paper – including the ND logo paper wrapped around your hot dog
  • Please place all other waste materials, including your empty souvenir popcorn bucket in the black container marked Landfill. 

How does my recycling effort impact the University?

Since its start in 2007, the Game Day Recycling Program has diverted more than 1,062 tons of waste material from area landfills – that’s around 39 semi-trucks full!  We're on track to collect more than 100 tons of recycling again this season.