SEATTLE – Husky Stadium is going green for this Saturday’s huge match-up against Oregon, and we’re not talking about the Ducks’ uniforms.
The University of Washington is getting national attention and recognition for its recycling and sustainable efforts at Husky Stadium. The National Resources Defense Council, anational non-profit environmental group, recently featured the stadium's recycling program in a report and called the university a “game changer” on college campuses.
Husky Stadium's concession stands only use and sell items that are compostable or recyclable. There are also no garbage cans in the stadium.
“We have containers that have big W’s on them. One side is gold the other side purple and they’re for compost and recycling only, so you won’t find a garbage (can) in the stadium” said Karen Baebler, Assistant Director for UW Sports Operations. “The feedback so far has been fantastic. You can get a lot of waste when you have 70,000 people all in one spot."
Teams of volunteers also hand out blue recycling bags at tailgating events. Fans can toss plates, cups and cans in the bags. Someone will pick them up.
After this season's first game, Baebler says 23 percent of the waste they collected went into the garbage but 77 percent was either composted or recycled.