By Austin Holmes, Sustainability Ambassador
Did you know there is more to tailgating than drinking and cheering? Recycle Rice Eccles is the University of Utah’s recycling program for home football games, where volunteers come together to help collect recyclable waste, including cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum, throughout the main tailgating parking lots. The program is organized through the Sustainability Board of ASUU; however, the real heart and strength behind Recycle Rice Eccles comes from the volunteers. Helping to reduce waste and to increase our positive interaction with the environment are not the only reasons to volunteer. Check out our top fives reason why you should be the next Recycle Rice Eccles volunteer.
- You get into the game for free!
Free is the best price! All volunteers are given wristband passes that allow them to enter the game for $0. Students keep in mind that this might be a great option to get into those sold out games.
- You get the chance to go out on the field during the game and throw T-shirts to the crowd!
A volunteer favorite! You get the opportunity to run out on the field during the game and throw T-shirts to an ecstatic, cheering crowd! Feel like you are famous for five minutes! (Plus it will make a great instagram #goutes)
- Delicious food is provided for you!
Get your food on! After working hard dodging intoxicated fan, we have food, like pizza and sandwiches, delivered at before the game for your enjoyment. Free food is also the best.
- You get a free T-shirt!
Push back your laundry day with an extra t-shirt. Every person who volunteers will be able to keep the green Recycle Rice Eccles T-Shirt that is provided for him or her. This is sustainability with style.
- You get to contribute to the effort of recycling the massive amounts of waste that is produced at each football game.
This is the most important reason why you should volunteer! You can also make new friends, while reducing our harmful impacts on the environment all at once.
This excellent program would not be possible without the help of all of the dedicated volunteers involved. To put these volunteers’ efforts into perspective, during the Game Day Challenge Homecoming game, a total of 820 lbs. of cardboard, 710 lbs. of paper, 275 lbs. of aluminum, and 610 lbs. of plastic and glass were collected! The last game of the season is on Saturday, Nov. 28, so seize the opportunity to be a part of this experience and sign up today!