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RAMESES RECYCLES is an integral part of Carolina Athletics’ commitment to sustainability and waste reduction on game days. At the 2011 Carolina Recycling Association Conference, Rameses Recycles won a Spotlight Award for its participation in the EPA-sponsored Game Day Challenge.

How to Recycle on Game Day

Rameses RecyclesRameses Recycles is an integral part of Carolina Athletics’ commitment to sustainability and waste reduction on game days. In the 2010 football season, UNC recycled over 16 tons of bottles, cans, and cardboard from Kenan Stadium and the tailgating lots.

Beginning this 2019 Carolina Football season we have some changes to the Rameses Recycles program!

  1. KEEP IT LOOSE
  2. RECYCLE RIGHT (at Carolina and at home)
  3. TAILGATE RESPONSIBLY

Keeping it Loose

Due to changes in processing requirements, recyclables can no longer be disposed of in plastic bags. As part of this change and our effort to Recycle Right at Carolina, we will not be passing out plastic bags in the tailgate lots this year. Additionally, we are making operational changes to our post-game cleanup efforts in Kenan Stadium to ensure that recyclables are un-bagged (loose) when they reach the processing facility.

  • We will be offering a “new” recycling program these parking lots: Bowles Lot, School of Business Parking Deck, Public Safety Lot, Bell Tower Parking Deck and the Undergraduate Library Lot.
    • To recycle while tailgating in these lots, pick up a paper bag at a Rameses Recycles tent or bring your own from home. Then, bring your paper bag full of bottles and cans back to the tent. Your dedication to Recycling Right at Carolina will be appreciated!
  • For all other lots we encourage you to take home any recyclable materials brought with you on game day. To recycle right at home, remember to keep it loose and remove recyclables from bags there, too.
  • There will be Rameses Recycles volunteers and Tar Heel Ambassadors in the lots to help guide you.

Recycle Right

Regardless of where you choose to recycle, we encourage you to Recycle Right and Keep It Loose!  That means no plastic bags, no paper or plastic cups, and no food!

In the stadium, we want to remind you to recycle your bottles and cans! Bins can be found throughout the stadium and at the gates. Take your plastic stadium cups home and reuse them at your next tailgate!

Tailgate Responsibly

Dumpsters for trash are located in most parking lots.  As a general reminder, please tailgate responsibly and leave your space clean.

Rameses Recycles Partners

The following steps demonstrate the minimum needed to create and sustain an appropriate waste reduction strategy for campus athletic venues.

These venues include the Dean E. Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Boshamer Stadium, Carmichael Arena, Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, Fetzer Field, Koury Natatorium, Karen Shelton Stadium, Anderson Softball Stadium, UNC Boathouse at University Lake, and Chapman Center.

Program and Logistics

Recycling Bins: Active recycling by event participants and athletes

  • Offer recycling bins both inside the venue and by the entrances and exits for use by the attendees. Pair trashcans with a recycling bin.
  • Every recycling bin must have a trash can next to it. And ideally, every trash can has a recycling bin next to it.
  • Keep recycling bins clean and clearly labeled to encourage fans to recycle and avoid contamination of the recycling.
  • Initiate and sustain recycling programs for game-related events, such as tailgating, media rooms, box seats, etc.
  • Make sure that recycling bins are emptied to appropriate collection areas for recycling and not mistaken for trash.

Picking the Bowl: Passive recycling by cleanup crews

  • When applicable, the post-consumer trash and recyclables from seating areas should be separated and disposed accordingly during post-game clean-up.

Engage Vendors: Incorporate recycling into routine operations

  • Vendors must separate and collect their recyclables—for example, break down and collect cardboard boxes for proper recycling.
  • Encourage the use of recyclable and reusable materials from concession vendors.

Outreach and Marketing

Educate employees:

  • Make sure employees are aware of program and ensure that collection, monitoring, cleaning and maintenance of bins are incorporated into routine operations.

Educate Fans:

  • Educate fans and endorse recycling opportunities through traditional and new media in conjunction with athletic promotion.
  • Recycling bins, public announcements, and signs should publicize recycling instructions, facts, and statistics.

Engage Stakeholders:

  • Set a policy that reflects Carolina’s commitment to waste reduction and share with stakeholders and the community.

Communicate Results, Celebrate Successes:

  • Waste tracking data must be collected and reported. Achievements should be publicized to fans, staff, and stakeholders.
  • When possible, conduct routine waste assessments to evaluate program effectiveness.

Above & Beyond:

  • Maintain an athletic waste reduction program surpassing those of comparable institutions.
  • Explore the feasibility of a compost program, starting with pre-consumer (“back of the house”) operations with vendor support.

Athletic Venue Recycling Guidelines (printable version).

Read the Athletics Sustainability Report to learn about sustainability initiatives from Carolina Athletics, campus departments, and community partners to green game days.

Read about the partnership between UNC Athletics and REPREVE and the #TurnItGreen basketball game vs. Boston College on Jan. 30.