Posted: Oct 1, 2010 10:26 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Oct 1, 2010 10:34 PM
LSU is competing on a different kind of green field this weekend. More than 80 universities are in the race for "most recycled."
The school has been green on game day since 2004. The effort has expanded to the stadium and suites just recently, but the response from tailgaters is why the university is confident it can be known as purple, gold and green.
When tailgates go up on Friday afternoons in the fall, recycle bins go out across LSU's campus.
Little green buckets line tailgate territories, and large green dumpsters are left in parking lots for larger loads. Death Valley also offers options for turning goods green, with the goal of getting LSU on the "green wave" splashing across college campuses.
"The campus looks much neater, it's quicker for us to clean it, it looks more professional and the tailgaters also enjoy recycling because they know it's for a good cause," said LSU Solid Waste and Recycling Manager Andres Harris.
Harris said an even better cause for Tiger fans to get behind is a national competition, one that's based on bins instead of footballs.
"We are competing with 88 colleges tomorrow," said Harris. "We have seven universities within the Southeastern Conference group that we're competing in this challenge to see who recycles the most."
Some tailgaters said LSU has a chance to take the green title.
"I think that LSU will probably come in second after Texas Tech," said Texas Tailgater Mack Fry.
Others said the university wins by just having a little bit of green mixed in with the purple and gold.
"We love recycling. We recycle at home, here, at LSU at tailgating," said Craig Wheelis. "We fill the bins up every week."
Regardless of how LSU finishes in bin-filling, Harris said the effort will be a success in itself.
"Competition is a great way to show off our spirit and to encourage people to do their best," said Harris.
LSU asks that you don't bring glass on campus or recycle glass into the bins.