Mizzou Football’s season opener demonstrated Mizzou Athletics’commitment on the field and to the environment. August 30th marked the University of Missouri’s win against South Dakota State’s Jackrabbits and a significant achievement in in their sustainability efforts.

Fans at Memorial Stadium made use of many more blue recycling containers throughout the stadium than the previous season. Color-coordinated trash and recycling bags were also used in expanded recycling efforts at the tailgate lots. Blue recycling bags were distributed to tailgating fans, who contributed to the recycling of 4.348 tons of material following the game weekend.

The total amount of material recycled represents the university’s best season-opening total diverted waste and is well above Mizzou’s average recycling load of 1.7 tons per game from last season. With the continued growth of these programs, developed by the University of Missouri’s Campus Sustainability Office and Sustain Mizzou, a student organization, Mizzou Athletics’sustainability – and football team – are both off to a great start this season.

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