Zero Waste at Michigan Stadium
The University of Michigan Athletic Department is striving toward zero waste at Michigan Stadium for the 2017 season.
The effort supports the campus-wide sustainability effort known as Planet Blue and builds on the more than 20-year history of recycling gameday waste at Michigan Stadium.
Zero waste is an aspirational goal of diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill by recycling and composting.
As part of a phased approach to zero waste, Michigan Stadium and Sodexo, a food service management company, are sourcing and using compostable products and packaging during the 2016 football season. Many traditional food service items will come in compostable containers or serving trays.
Additionally, stadium operations staff is developing strategies to improve the waste separation process during postgame cleanup efforts. Updated bin signage will be added prior to the 2017 season when composting is fully implemented.
Recycle it. Compost it.
Nearly all the materials purchased in Michigan Stadium can be recycled or composted. The job of fans is to make sure waste gets into the proper bin. 2016 season waste will continue to be recycled or sent to the landfill. In 2017 when the program is fully implemented, Michigan Stadium waste will be recycled or composted.
U-M is partnering with Green Safe Products and Sodexo to supply eco-friendly food service disposables at Michigan Stadium. Sodexo also worked with third party vendors in Michigan Stadium to switch available packaging and products to compostable options to help create a zero waste Michigan Stadium.
A zero waste Michigan Stadium supports U-M's deep commitment to sustainability in education, research and operations known as Planet Blue. It directly impacts the university's 2025 sustainability goals, specifically the goals to reduce waste sent to landfills by 40 percent and to strengthen the culture of sustainability on campus.