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Gameday Recycling Needs Your Help

UM's gameday recycling program, Green Grove, is in need of student, faculty, staff and community member volunteers to sort recycling.

Have you ever wondered what happens to recycling collected during home football game weekends? Each Monday and Tuesday after a home game, volunteers gather at the Oxford Recycling Center to sort the collected recycling by hand. The materials are then bailed and sold regionally.

Last year, 29 volunteers sorted 4,780 pounds of recycling. To make the recycling program possible, we need more sorting volunteers. 

Sorting is an educational, hands-on volunteer activity that allows you to directly impact sustainability  at our university and in our community. All volunteers receive an "I Tree Grove" t-shirt made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. Volunteers will also come away with an in depth understanding of what happens to recycling after it's put in the recycling bin. 

Sorting takes place from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. the Monday and Tuesday following each home game. (If we sort all of the recycling on Monday, Tuesday sorting will be cancelled.) Shifts are flexible and carpooling is encouraged. 

To learn more, or to sign up to volunteer, visit

Green Grove is a program of the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services, in collaboration with the City of Oxford Recycling Department.