Stand up and cheer: Rock Chalk, Recycle!

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in Campus News, News, and Sports

The spirited fun of a home football Saturdays unfortunately can lead to an unsightly trails of trash, from the bleachers of Memorial Stadium to the pristine lawns of Marvin Grove and beyond. It’s time to turn that around into an all-new tradition for Jayhawks to embrace: recycling plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard and compostable waste at all Kansas Athletics events.

Rock Chalk Recycle |“The University of Kansas is committed to sustainability on a regional and global scale,” says Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Rock Chalk Recycle will be a major part of our broader initiative to engage the entire community in building sustainable traditions that benefit our planet, our economy and our health and well-being.”

Rock Chalk Recycle, a partnership between Kansas Athletics and KU Recycling, as well as a number of campus and community organizations, is a significant expansion of previous efforts to promote recycling at tailgating sites, and it will require lots of volunteers. Cans for the Community, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and other student organizations have committed their assistance, but many more hands will be needed; those interested are asked to email or visit for more information.

Fans should look for waste stations with color-coded bags: blue for recycling, green for compost and gray for waste destined for the landfill. Tailgaters should be prepared to put their recyclables in blue bags that waste ambassadors will distribute throughout the major tailgating areas surrounding the stadium. Rock Chalk Recycle will have similar waste stations and waste ambassadors at soccer and volleyball matches for this fall.

KU Recycling will record weights for trash, recycling and composting after each game to track progress throughout the season. Diversion rates for events will be posted online so fans can track the program’s progress. Kansas Athletics will provide funding for the program, including a majority of the bins, liners for the bins, gear for the ambassadors and signage.

“We all have a responsibility to maintain our environment and Kansas Athletics is proud to lead this effort on the KU campus,” says Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger, PhD’96.
KU Recycling is a program of the Center for Sustainability, a campus department that works across campus to support sustainable practices in operations, education, research and campus life.

–Chris Lazzarino

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