The Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) honored Zero Waste Wolfpack of NC State University with a 2019 Annual Recycling Award during its Annual Conference and Trade Show on March 19 in Charleston, S.C.
Zero Waste Wolfpack is a program that reduces waste inside Carter-Finley Stadium during NC State home football games. Since the program’s launch in 2015, the diversion rate inside Carter-Finley Stadium has improved from 18 percent in 2015 to 44 percent in 2018.
On game days, Zero Waste Wolfpack volunteers help fans divert waste through the distribution of recycling bags in tailgating parking lots and the sorting of recyclable and compostable items inside the stadium.
The CRA award honors top performers that advance waste reduction and recycling in the Carolinas. The awards are open to individuals, companies, governments, schools, organizations, nonprofits and councils. Nominations are reviewed and winners are selected based on scores that consider the amount of waste reduced, recycled or diverted; level of difficulty and contribution to the industry as a whole.