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Volunteer Opportunity: Fighting Illini, Fighting Waste Basketball Events

Posted by Faye Wettstein on February 27, 2024

Volunteers are needed for two University of Illinois basketball games host to enhanced recycling operations for Fighting Illini, Fighting Waste. Both contests are heavily-anticipated home finales at State Farm Center (SFC): Illinois women’s basketball vs. Nebraska on Sunday, March 3; and men’s basketball vs. Purdue on Tuesday, March 5.

Volunteers will be asked to help educate and encourage fans to recycle their bottles and cans at SFC prior to and during those games, as well as hand-pick recyclables left on floors, seats, and in cupholders after the games. Sign up here: Nitrile gloves and a green volunteer t-shirt will be provided to volunteers.

The Fighting Illini, Fighting Waste initiative is a partnership between Coca-Cola; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment; and Facilities & Services. Volunteers collected recyclables at previous basketball and football games in the past two years.

Establishing a university-wide zero waste culture is a top sustainability objective of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). For more information about general campus waste management (how that works/what is recycled) and iCAP progress, contact Zero Waste Coordinator Daphne Hulse, 217-333-7550.