More than 85,000 Big Red fans packed Memorial Stadium for Saturday's game, and they left behind plenty of trash. But some of that trash was recyclable, and won't be ending up in a landfill thanks to the hard work of Sustain UNL and volunteers.
Bottle by bottle these volunteers are hoping to collect 10,000 pounds of recyclables.
"We see a lot of cans and more glass bottles everywhere because it's a festive kind of event," said Madeline Eversoll, a Junior at UNL. "We'll have a lot of those kinds of wastes around the university, football games are usually a big part of our recycling efforts."
Sustain UNL participated in the Environmental Protection Agency's "Gameday Challenge." Last year the club collected more than 7,000 pounds.
"If you add up the total amount that has been accumulated during a game it's outstanding and shocking at the same time," said Eversoll. "I think a lot of people have that black hole mentality where they think, 'Oh, it will just disappear.'"
They say fans can do their part.
"Every time they leave that bottle there they're leaving over 10,000 pounds of recyclable items that will eventually end up in a landfill," said Neil Tabor, President of Sustain UNL.
"Just hold on to it," said Eversoll. "There are recycling receptacles around the area."
Volunteering is as simple as showing up at gate 15 at the end of every Husker Football game.
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