U.C. Davis Aggies are number 1 in the nation for recycling and composting

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On October 23, 2010, 6,385 fans in Aggie Stadium generated 885 pounds of trash.

Guess how much went into the landfill? Only 90 pounds. 795 pounds were diverted to recycling and composting—a diversion rate of 90 percent—and enough to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual WasteWise Game Day Challenge.

According to the EPA, participating schools collectively diverted more than 500,000 pounds of waste from landfills, which prevented the release of nearly 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide—or the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 179 cars.

The diversion percentages represented a combined rate for recycling and composting. UC Davis’ closest challenger in this category was Ohio State University, at 68.41 percent. UC Berkeley placed 30th, with 33.12 percent.

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