Tailgate Recycling Team

At Purdue, we combine our love of sports with our drive to be more sustainable. The Office of Campus Master Planning & Sustainability launched the Tailgate Recycling Program in 2012. The Purdue Boilermakers football program, part of the Big Ten Conference, generates home game attendance of more than 200,000 loyal fans. Given that participation level, Tailgate Team Recycling has some great potential.

This past year (2017) we reached a milestone diversion rate for our tailgate team reaching the halfway point to zero waste! This is a major accomplishment that we can only build upon on our way to zero waste. The 2018 Tailgate Team will start looking for volunteers over the summer. If you want to help Purdue become more sustainable before football games and get free food and tickets to the game, pay attention to our facebook and twitter to get the signup link when it is posted!

Past Results Average Tailgate Diversion Rate:

2012: 11% Per Game

2013: 33% Per Game

2014: 24% Per Game

2015: 28% Per Game

2016: 34% Per Game

2017: 24% Per Game