Game Day Recycling

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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 green@nd.edu.

How does it work?

In an effort to promote recycling and to keep the most congested parking lots clean, parking lot attendants will distribute 1 blue bag for recycling and 1 clear bag for trash to each incoming car.  We ask that fans do not overload the exterior trash and recycling barrels.  Guests may leave their opened or loosely-tied recycle and tied-up clear trash bags at their vehicles 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)

  • Clean, empty plastic bottles
  • Clean, empty aluminum cans
  • Clean, empty glass bottles
  • 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 clean, empty recyclables.

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

  • Empty plastic water bottles (with or without lids)*
  • Empty blue plastic souvenir cups - make sure to drink your last sip
  • Clean corrugated cardboard food/beverage tray
  • Please place all other waste materials, including your empty souvenir popcorn bucket in the black container, marked Landfill. 

* If you're looking to refill your purchased reusable or plastic water bottle, water fountains can be located at or near the following:

First Floor Inner Concourse:

  • Across from the entrance to sections 9 & 10
  • Between the entrances to sections 11/12
  • Between the entrances to sections 14/15
  • Between the entrances to sections 17/18
  • Between the entrances to sections 19/20
  • Between the entrances to sections 28/29
  • Between the entrances to sections 32/33
  • Across from the entrance to Sections 26 & 27

Mezzanine Level

  • Between the entrances to sections 2/3
  • Between the entrances to sections 3/4
  • Between the entrances to sections 33/34
  • Between the entrances to sections 34/35

Second Floor Concourse

  • Between the entrances to sections 104/105
  • Between the entrances to sections 108/109
  • Between the entrances to sections 1110/111
  • Between the entrances to sections 114/115
  • Between the entrances to sections 122/123
  • Between the entrances to sections 126/127
  • Between the entrances to sections 128/129
  • Between the entrances to sections 132/133

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.