Rethink Waste Athletics

We're big fans of reducing waste and so is our Athletics Department. Each year the Office for Sustainability, Athletics, and Custodial and Environmental Services work together to host a Rethink Waste football and basketball game. These games feature composting, increased recycling, special signage, and user education about what can and cannot be recycled or composted. Thanks to the work of dozens of dedicated volunteers educating game attendees, we're able to achieve exceptional landfill diversion rates at these games and get closer to meeting the University's goal of 75% waste diversion from the landfill by 2025.

Rethink Waste Football

At the 2019 Spiders Go Green football game, we diverted 67% of our waste from the landfill, up from 55% in 2018. The efforts of dozens of volunteers, Custodial and Environmental Services, Athletics, Landscaping, and Catering made this progress possible.

RecycleMania Basketball

Every spring, University of Richmond participates in Campus Race to Zero Waste, a nationwide recycling challenge. Our RecycleMania Basketball Game is a crucial part of this competition and for the past four years, volunteers have made this event a success. At the 2020 game, we had five dozen volunteers and diverted 74% of our waste from the landfill, up from 62% in 2019.