University of Wisconsin–Madison

Taking the trash out of Camp Randall

September 2, 2014 | by Jill Sakai

Badger fans visiting Camp Randall for the Sept. 6 home opener against Western Illinois will notice something missing from the stadium: trash cans.

Camp Randall is now a “zero-waste” stadium, meaning that waste is recycled or composted rather than sent to the landfill. Instead of trash bins, visitors will now find labeled bins for recyclable and compostable materials.

UW Athletics worked with the waste and recycling unit of UW Physical Plant to ensure that items sold at the concession stands can be composted or recycled. All food waste from the concession stands will also be composted. The WE CONSERVE program provided additional assistance, with support from the Office of Sustainability.

The new bins are labeled to help visitors sort their waste properly. Blue recycling bins are for plastic cups and bottles only. Yellow composting bins are for all paper products and food waste. Volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions.

Where should my trash go?

Recycling (BLUE bins):

  •  Plastic cups and bottles ONLY

Composting (YELLOW bins):

  •  All food waste
  •  All paper products, including food trays and napkins