Greener BeeGreen TipsTailgating Tips for Iowans: Going Green on Game Day

With a few simple steps, Iowa football fans can make sure that green figures prominently among their team colors during tailgating. Credit: SD Dirk/Flickr.
With a few simple steps, Iowa football fans can make sure that green figures prominently among their team colors during tailgating. Credit: SD Dirk/Flickr.

September 18, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa – With football season well under way, fans across Iowa are being urged to add some green into their team colors while tailgating.

When she was at last week’s Iowa-Iowa State game, said Gretta Geneser, communications coordinator at Metro Waste Authority, there was a lot of fun and excitement in tailgating – but also a lot of waste and excess. So, she suggests car-pooling to the game and bringing a designated container for recyclables.

“If you’ve got a big group, you can actually reserve recycling stands from Metro Waste Authority. They’re free,” she said. “You just need to go to WhereItShouldGo.com/resources to, you know, reserve your event recycling stands. (We) have a lot of folks who do that.”

For cooking up those brats and burgers, Geneser said, a natural-gas or propane grill both are more environmentally friendly options over charcoal.

Geneser said another way to go green for the big game is by using reusable containers for the food and beverages, but if that’s not possible you should go with paper plates and cups.

“The reason behind that is that paper does decompose much quicker in a landfill than does any type of plastic,” she said. “Don’t use Styrofoam anything. The estimates range from hundreds of years to never for that to decompose in a landfill.”

Coming off their win over Iowa State last weekend, the Hawkeyes play host Saturday to Pittsburgh, while the Cyclones are on the road at Toledo.

More information is online at WhereItShouldGo.com.

John Michaelson, Public News Service – IA

Article source: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-09-18/waste-reduction-recycling/tailgating-tips-for-iowans-going-green-on-game-day/a48139-1


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